Two Men Facing Drug Charges
Two Jena, LA, men are facing narcotic charges following their arrests last week, according to LaSalle Sheriff Scott Franklin. Andrew Peppers, 29, of Jena, was arrested shortly after midnight on October 8, 2015 for possessing illegal drugs. Jeddy Hamilton, 17, also of Jena was booked into the LaSalle Parish Jail on Friday, October 9, 2015 for distribution of illegal narcotics.
Peppers arrest stemmed from a LaSalle Parish Deputy noticing a vehicle parked on the private parking lot of a Jena, LA, business. Since the business was closed, and the possibility of a break in existed, the Deputy entered the parking lot. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Andrew Peppers. During a conversation with Peppers, the deputy learned that Peppers driver’s license was suspended. A Town of Jena Police Officer also arrived on the scene. During a search of Peppers’ vehicle, suspected methamphetamine was found, along with drug paraphernalia.
Peppers’ was transported to the LPSO Jail and booked for the charges of Possession of CDS II (Methamphetamine), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Expired MVI, Tail Light, and Driving Under Suspension. As of press time, Peppers remained in the Parish Jail awaiting bond hearing.
Jeddy Hamilton, 17, of Jena, was arrested and booked into the LaSalle Parish Jail as a result of a joint investigation between the LaSalle Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Town of Jena Police Department. LPSO Narcotic Detectives along with Jena Police obtained evidence that Hamilton sold marijuana in the Jena Town Park – based on the evidence a warrant was obtained. Hamilton was booked for the charge of Distribution of CDS I (Marijuana) and bond was set at $30,000.
In a joint statement, Sheriff Franklin and Jena Chief of Police Scott McLendon commended the officers for their professionalism in handling these cases and making the arrests. “Both our departments are committed to getting those who would sell drugs and/or use them off our streets to make our community safer,” the officials stated.