Shortly before 6 pm on Monday night, a Bogalusa officer stopped Ricker on Avenue K and West 10th Street for a traffic violation. Ricker was found to be wanted on two warrants for failure to appear in court and was arrested. During a search of Ricker’s person, the officer discovered drug paraphernalia and a substance believed to be methamphetamine. The items were seized and Ricker was placed in a patrol unit.
Officers then observed a 9mm handgun in Ricker’s car. The serial number was checked and the gun was found to be stolen. An inventory of the car was conducted, and more drugs and guns were found. Officers located marijuana and drug paraphernalia, a .45 caliber handgun, and another 9mm handgun. The .45 caliber handgun was also stolen, and the second 9mm handgun had an obliterated serial number.
Ricker was subsequently charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, two counts of Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Possession of a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number, three counts of Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, three counts of Illegal Carrying of a Weapon While in Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Simple Possession of Marijuana, Expired License Plate, No Proof of Insurance, and two counts of Failure to Appear in Court.
Ricker has an extensive criminal history, with ten arrests by the Bogalusa Police Department. He was also on Probation for a prior Possession of Methamphetamine charge. Ricker was booked into the Bogalusa City Jail, and later transferred to the WashingtonParish Jail.
The BPD report states, “We hope that our criminal justice system realizes that probation is apparently not working for Mr. Ricker. Maybe some time in prison would be a better option for the safety of our community.”