Livingston deputies disarm man, arrest him on drug, weapons counts _lowres

Joseph "John" Wascom, left, and Roy Hart

A Greensburg man was arrested this week after allegedly pulling a gun on deputies while dropping thousands of dollars in methamphetamine.

Deputies went to Livingston Street in Albany on Tuesday for a narcotics investigation and found Joseph “John” Wascom, 36, according to a Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office news release.

When Wascom spotted law enforcement, he pulled a gun out of his waistband, though deputies were able to wrestle it away from him. During the struggle, Wascom dropped about 32 grams of what authorities suspect is meth packed into several individual baggies. Deputies estimated its value at about $3,850. Investigators also found weighing scales and other drug paraphernalia, the release states.

Additionally, Wascom’s gun had been reported as stolen.

He has been booked on multiple drug and weapons counts, as well as two counts of resisting an officer with force or violence.

A passenger in Wascom’s car, 32-year-old Roy Hart, also was arrested for being a principal to distribution of a schedule II drug.