The girlfriend of a man shot and killed by Gretna police on Thursday afternoon was arrested hours later on two drug counts.
Gretna Police booked Eridonia Urbaez, 40, on two counts of possession with intent to distribute schedule II drugs after searching the home she shared with Corey DiGiovanni in the 2100 block of Browning Lane in Terrytown.
A Gretna police officer killed DiGiovanni underneath the West Bank Expressway after a high speed chase Thursday afternoon. Police allege he drove his truck toward an officer.
It’s not clear whether police believe Urbaez was involved in the drug dealing operation of which they have accused DiGiovanni, who was shot and killed about 1 p.m. Thursday. Records show that Urbaez was booked about 4:45 p.m.
Gretna Deputy Chief Anthony Christiana said “the investigation is going to show that she had knowledge of the activity concerning DiGiovanni, and condoned his activities.”
Police alleged in a probable cause affidavit that when they first came to the house they discovered marijuana inside the master bedroom closet. Urbaez acknowledged ownership of the drugs, police said, and was issued a summons for marijuana possession.
Gretna Police said they later gained “further information” on the house, that it had “a safe in the master bedroom closet floor, which possibly contained narcotics and currency.”
Police said that when they went back under a new search warrant, they pulled a carpet back from the closet floor and found a blue jewelry box containing 150 methadone pills and 75 oxycodone pills.
Urbaez allegedly told investigators at Gretna Police headquarters that she knew her boyfriend “sold drugs for profit.” At that point, police said, she was booked.
Christiana said a second man in a truck with DiGiovanni when he was killed has been released without being booked on any counts. He declined to release the man’s name, citing the “ongoing investigation.”