Covington LA. Jan 29 2008
Six drug arrests were made recently by the Covington Police Department Street Crimes Unit, bringing the total drug arrests made since April 2007 to 68, according to Lt. Jack West, spokesman for the Covington Police Department.
In one recent arrest, the suspect, Pierre C. Crandle, a parking valet at St. Tammany Parish Hospital, was arrested by Street Crimes Unit officers who pulled up to the hospital in an unmarked SUV.
West said when Crandle approached the car, thinking he was going to be parking it, the officers swiftly leaped from the vehicle, grabbed him and handcuffed him.The arrest had been planned in advance with the hospital security department in order to avoid endangering members of the public or hospital staff.
The hospital security guards, who had coordinated the arrest with the unit, removed his hospital ID card as the arrest was made.”The Street Crimes Unit officers made their arrest and were gone in 60 seconds before anyone knew anything was happening,” West said.Crandle, 20, of 318 W. Edwards St. in Covington, was charged with one count of transactions involving proceeds for drug offenses; one count of possession of marijuana; and one count of possession of drugs in a drug free zone.
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