Lazandy Daniels, the son of a New Orleans police officer, was already the subject of an investigation into whether he helped accused cop killer Travis Boys elude authorities.
Now, he’s in more trouble. Daniels, 38, was arrested about 7:45 p.m. Wednesday at the Super 8 motel at 6322 Chef Menteur Highway in New Orleans East after a joint investigation by New Orleans police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Officers said they found Daniels and two other men in a room along with six ounces of crack, a scale and a “large, undetermined” amount of cash.
He was booked along with two co-defendants, Leon Jackson, 41, and Craig James, 37, on counts of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
An arrest report read in court Thursday did not make clear whether the operation that led to their arrest was related to the Boys investigation.
Public defense attorney Lindsay Markel objected that the police account did not specify whether any of the contraband material belonged to James. She said James has seven children, six of whom live with him, and that he serves as the primary breadwinner for his family.
Magistrate Judge Harry Cantrell, however, set bail for the three defendants at $7,500 each.
Daniels is the son of Officer Jeardine Daniels-Sparks, a 34-year veteran of the NOPD. The department’s Public Integrity Bureau investigated both of them after Daniels-Sparks turned in a pile of clothes that she said her son found June 24 near a house she owns at 2263 N. Derbigny St. — just a few blocks from where police say Boys fatally shot Officer Daryle Holloway on June 20.
Police said they also found a pair of bolt cutters and a chain link similar to those used in handcuffs at the house Daniels-Sparks owns. Boys was found wearing cuffs that had been cut when police eventually arrested him. He also was wearing different clothes from those he had on when he was first arrested and then turned over to Holloway to be taken to Central Lockup.
Although the presence of the bolt cutters raised alarm bells for the PIB, neither Daniels-Sparks nor her son has been accused of any crime in relation to harboring Boys. The PIB seized both of their cellphone records as part of the still-open investigation into how Boys managed to stay at large for 24 hours, according to court records.
Daniels also has an open court case on a charge of possession with intent to distribute cocaine stemming from a May arrest. Police allege he sold a woman cocaine in front of his mother’s house.