Local filmmaker Rene Fabre was only trying to spread the word about a screening of his film, a story about New Orleans drug dealers called “Duct Tape.”
But his postings on social media apparently also reminded authorities about pending allegations that Fabre was a drug dealer himself in real life.
The St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office said Fabre skipped court in 2003 after being arrested in Chalmette with 34 pounds of marijuana, 3.5 grams of methamphetamine and a half-dose of methadone.
He was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force last week after the Sheriff’s Office received a tip based on his social media blast, Sheriff James Pohlmann said Friday.
Fabre, 42, was living in New Orleans at the time of his arrest 13 years ago, but he skipped his court appearances on the charges. He evaded arrest for a few years, and then Hurricane Katrina devastated St. Bernard Parish in 2005.
The Sheriff’s Office, however, said the drugs remain in its evidence locker and the charges are still pending.
Fabre’s Instagram, Facebook and Twitter accounts show several posts promoting a May 19 screening of the 2013 film he wrote and directed. He tweeted at actors Hugh Jackman and Matthew McConaughey about coming to the showing.
According to a plot summary on the Internet Movie Database, the film, which stars Henry Frost and Lucas Boffin, is a “gritty low-budget look at 20-something drug dealers on the streets of New Orleans.”
“While one member of the group is trying to clean up and go straight, another is spiraling downward into a sociopathic criminal lifestyle,” reads the summary, noting the movie was filmed in New Orleans for less than $100,000. “Violence, drug use, biracial romance and lots of bad language catapult you to a violent surprise ending.”
In addition to directing “Duct Tape,” Fabre has worked as a location manager or assistant on “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” “Terminator Genisys” and “Focus.”
He is being held in St. Bernard Parish Prison in lieu of bail set at $750,000.
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