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February 23, 2024

Abita Springs Area Man Found With 100 Fentanyl Tablets

An Abita Springs-area man was arrested after approximately 100 fentanyl tablets were located inside his vehicle during a traffic stop near Covington on Thursday (February 22, 2024) afternoon. 

A criminal patrol deputy with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s 4th District conducted a traffic stop on a BMW in the Claiborne Hill area of Covington. The driver’s behavior and statements during that traffic stop prompted the deputy to conduct a search of his vehicle where the deputy located approximately 100 (24.3 grams) of fentanyl tablets and 1.4 grams of crack cocaine.

The driver, 32 year-old Benjamin Fogarty of Abita Springs, was arrested and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Correctional Center on the charges of Turning Improper at Intersection, Failure to Have Proper Equipment on Vehicle, Distribution of Schedule II CDS, and Possession of Schedule II CDS.

“Fentanyl is a very dangerous drug, and it is no secret that it is in our community,” Sheriff Randy Smith said. “I applaud this alert patrol deputy who noticed something suspicious during a routine traffic stop and acted, resulting in a large quantity of this deadly drug being taken off our streets.”

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