Online drug ad lands man, girlfriend in jail

A Kenner man hoping to get high and have sex with a woman instead was arrested when authorities showed up at his door Friday.

The arrest of Christopher D. Lanza, 34, stemmed from an investigation that began after detectives found a posting on craigslist.com that they believed was drug-related, said Col. John Fortunato, a Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

Undercover agents began to communicate with Lanza through email and text messages, and Lanza told them he had marijuana that could be smoked before a sexual encounter, Fortunato said.

Lanza agreed Wednesday to sell a quarter-ounce of marijuana to the agents, Fortunato said.

As the investigation continued, Lanza got suspicious and cut off communication with the agents, but they located him at an apartment in the 2900 block of Kansas Avenue in Kenner.

Investigators said they found two bags of marijuana in his coffee table, as well as drug paraphernalia in the living room.

Lanza and his girlfriend, Lindsay Traylor Higgins, 33, who lived with him, were arrested.

Lanza was booked with second-offense possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Higgins was booked with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was issued a misdemeanor summons and released, Fortunato said.

During the investigation, agents learned that Aaron Gilmore, 30, also of the 2900 block of Kansas Avenue, had a “substantial” amount of marijuana in his apartment and vehicle, Fortunato said.

He said search warrants were executed on Gilmore’s apartment and his 2002 Nissan Sentra, and he was found to have a large vacuum-sealed bag of marijuana, a scale and cash in the apartment.

Agents said they also found a duffel bag with several bags of marijuana in the trunk of Gilmore’s car and two small bags of marijuana inside the vehicle.

He was booked with possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, along with possession of drug paraphernalia.

JPSO books third suspect in carjacking

The third suspect in last week’s Metairie carjacking has been arrested.

Jefferson Parish deputies booked Hendrick “Lil Hen” Porter, 18, on two counts of armed robbery.

A Crimestoppers tip led them to the suspect at a home in the 1500 block of Estalote Street in Harvey, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Lyndell Mays, 17, was booked Friday, and Antonio Marcelin was arrested earlier in the week in connection with the carjacking early Sunday on Bonnabel Boulevard near Interstate 10.

Man stabbed woman during fight, police say

A man was arrested Friday after he allegedly stabbed a woman during a fight.

New Orleans police allege Eric Epps, 55, stabbed the 34-year-old victim about 7:55 a.m. in the 2100 block of Allen Street in the 7th Ward.

Police provided no information about her condition.

Epps remained jailed Saturday on counts of aggravated battery and aggravated assault, according to jail records. Bail was set at $110,000.

N.O. police investigate carjacking, robberies

New Orleans police on Saturday were investigating the following major crimes:

  • Carjacking, 1:19 p.m. Friday, 1800 block of Iberville Street. An unknown man walked up to two women and ordered them out of their car. He drove away in the vehicle.
  • Armed robbery, 9:02 p.m. Friday, Lafreniere and Hamburg streets. Three men were talking and drinking when a black vehicle pulled up. Three men wearing bandanas and armed with guns got out and took one victim’s vehicle. Another robber fired two shots in the air before leaving. The vehicle was recovered in Jefferson Parish.
  • Armed robbery, 1:35 a.m. Saturday, 1100 block of Franklin Avenue. No details were provided.