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April 06, 2023

Mt. Hermon Man Arrested After Traffic Stop With Drug Offenses

On Wednesday (April 5, 2023), Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force detectives arrested Antonio Ortiz, age 36 and a resident of Mt. Olive Road in Mt. Hermon. After observing Ortiz driving on the wrong side of the road, detectives conducted a traffic stop.

Once detectives learned the driver’s name, they discovered he had outstanding warrants for contempt of court. In addition, detectives discovered that Ortiz was in possession of a quantity of illegal drugs and a semi-automatic pistol. He was arrested and transported to the Washington Parish Jail where he was booked on charges of possession of illegal drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of illegal drugs with a weapon present, two counts of contempt of court and a traffic offense.

Ortiz has been arrested at least two times previously in Washington Parish in 2010 and 2021. During those arrests he was charged with illegal drug offenses and contempt of court.

“Once again, our officers have removed illegal drugs from our community,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “As I’ve said many times before, illegal drugs have no place in our parish and I am always pleased when our officers discover them and make an arrest. If you are dealing illegal drugs, be aware that we will eventually catch you and escort you to the Washington Parish Jail.”

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