In February, 2022, Bogalusa Police Violent Crimes Task Force Detectives received information that Arthur Berger, a 26 year old Bogalusa resident, was receiving and distributing large quantities of Marijuana in Bogalusa. A criminal investigation was opened into Berger’s alleged involvement in trafficking illegal narcotics.
In late March Detectives obtained information that Berger was travelling to Los Angeles, to obtain and bring
back to Bogalusa a large quantity of marijuana. On March 31, 2022 it was learned that Berger was flying back to New Orleans on Delta Airlines. Upon his arrival at the airport surveillance began, as Berger and a female associate drove back to Bogalusa.
On Hwy 21 South in Bogalusa a traffic stop was conducted on the vehicle Berger was driving for a speeding violation. After obtaining consent to search, Detectives located THC edibles on Berger’s person and in the vehicle. A further search of the vehicle revealed a travel bag with an airport luggage tag attached with Berger’s name on it. Inside the bag Detectives located nine large bags containing over ten and a half pounds of marijuana.
Berger and his passenger, Kelsha Johnson, age 23 and also of Bogalusa, were arrested. Both were charged with Possession with intent to Distribute Marijuana and Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule I Narcotics.
Berger and Johnson were booked into the Bogalusa City Jail and will be transferred to the Washington Parish Jail.
The case will be forwarded to District Attorney Warren Montgomery’s office for prosecution.