Police arrested a Port Allen man Thursday, January 24, for allegedly dealing drugs in the Port Allen area.
Harold Baise Jr., 20, of 704 Eucalyptus St., was arrested and booked into the West Baton Rouge detention center on one count of possession with intent to distribute a schedule 1 narcotic.
Port Allen Police Chief Esdron Brown said that Baise was found at the corner of S. 12th St. and Avenue C, in possession of more than 10 individually wrapped bags of marijuana. Officers stopped and searched the man after receiving an anonymous phone call from a citizen who claimed to have witnessed a drug transaction, according to Brown.
“Because of the nature of the call – dealing with drugs – we had several officers respond,” said Brown, who said approximately six Port Allen police officers responded to the call. He added that the more than 10 individual bags of illegal drugs found in Baise’s possession were allegedly “processed for selling.”
Records show that Baise Jr. was arrested in 2009 for simple burglary, simple criminal damage to property, and criminal trespass. He was arrested in 2011 for theft of goods and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile, and in 2012 for simple battery.
Chief Brown said that Baise’s most recent arrest, as well as his prior arrests, prove that many of the other crimes in the area derive from drugs.
Brown said that he believes “most of these burglaries are affiliated with drugs.”
He said that to counteract the drug issue in the city limits, he plans to have a stronger police presence in areas of higher crime.
He said that with the help and support of the citizens, much like the anonymous caller who reported Baise, he expects to see more drug-related arrests in the future.
“We’re anticipating more of this in the whole city,” he said. “We believe there are drugs on both sides of the tracks.”