Cloud of marijuana smoke at house in Baker draws cop’s attention, leads to man’s arrest _lowres

Derry Thomas

Baker police arrested a 42-year-old man after an officer found eight of his children, including an infant, residing in a house filled with marijuana smoke on Friday.

A policeman patrolling on Coolidge Street with his windows rolled down around 8:15 p.m. smelled an overwhelming odor of marijuana near 3349 Coolidge St., a Baker Police Department report says.

The detective got out of his unit and walked up to the house, according to the report.

When Derry Thomas opened the door, the detective said, smoke could be seen from inside the house and there was an intensified odor of marijuana.

The investigator handcuffed Thomas, who said he and his 16-year-old son had “smoked a blunt of purple,” the report says.

The detective said he found the teen and a six-month old child sleeping on a bed when he went inside the house. The smoke and odor proliferated throughout the entire home, exposing six other children to it, according to the report.

The investigator also found a partially smoked, rolled cigar filled with a green leafy vegetable matter that appeared to be marijuana, the report says.

Thomas, 3349 Coolidge St., Baker, was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on 8 counts of cruelty to juveniles, one count of controlled dangerous substance in presence of minor and one count of contributing to delinquency of juveniles.