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May 28, 2021

Traffic Violations Leads to Franklinton Man's Arrest on Drug and Gun Charges

On May 27, 2021, Richard Lonterry Andrews, age 35 and a resident of Happy Acres Road southwest of Franklinton, was arrested by detectives with the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force. The arrest occurred near the intersection of Black Jack Road and N. Lee Road.

A task force detective observed Andrews committing traffic violations. He stopped him and, along with other detectives, discovered a quantity of crack cocaine, methamphetamine and other illegal drugs in Andrews’ vehicle along with a loaded semi-automatic pistol. Andrews was booked into the Washington Parish Jail on three counts of possession of illegal drugs with intent to distribute, being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, possession of drug paraphernalia and a traffic offense.

Andrews has four previous stays in the Washington Parish Jail beginning with a 2006 on charges that include felony possession of stolen property, possession of illegal drugs with intent to distribute, several counts of failure to appear in court, several traffic offenses, and two counts of contempt of court.

“This was a good arrest,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “Our detectives removed not only illegal drugs but also an illegal weapon from our community. I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again. If you are involved in the illegal drug culture, expect to be arrested sooner or later. Time is on our side and eventually we will catch up with you, and when we do, you’re headed to jail.”

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