Sheriff’s deputies arrested eight people on outstanding bench warrants and seized five ounces of marijuana as well as other drugs during an effort to clear warrants in the King Bradford area Wednesday morning, the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office said.
The eight suspects were arrested on a total of 13 bench warrants. By the end of the initiative, the suspects were booked on 23 counts, ranging from traffic violations to drug offenses, said Casey Rayborn Hicks, an East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman.
One of the suspects, Thomas Cahill, 21, had been smoking a joint just minutes before his daughter led deputies into the apartment at 15884 S. Sunderland Ave., at around 10 a.m. Wednesday, according to his affidavit of probable cause. Deputies searching the apartment found plastic bags with marijuana buds and seeds, small amounts of mushrooms and heroin as well as Prozac pills, a glass pipe and a digital scale, the affidavit says.
Deputies even found a bottle in a closet that Cahill said was called “Green Dragon” — vodka mixed with marijuana, according to the affidavit.
Cahill told police “he sells the marijuana so he can smoke for free,” the affidavit says.
Cahill was booked on counts of drug possession as well as drug paraphernalia possession.
Wednesday’s arrests were part of regular efforts by the Sheriff’s Office to clear bench warrants, which have led to hundreds of arrests, Hicks said.