There is no question that Carnival season is the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD)’s busiest time of the year. While much of the emphasis is on crowd control, confiscation of illegal firearms ranks high on the priority list. During the 12 days of the official 2016 season, the NOPD reported seizures of 30 guns on or near the parade routes.
The Department cranked up to full Mardi Gras mode on January 29th. In addition to hundreds of officers working overtime, state and federal agencies swarmed the city to help keep the fun safe.
"We had a zero tolerance policy for anyone who made the decision to bring a weapon to Carnival and put our residents and visitors in danger, and our results show it," said NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison. "Over the past 12 days, our officers have shown focused and impressive police work that undoubtedly prevented violent situations from happening. I commend the work of the men and women of the NOPD and thank our law enforcement partners for their assistance. We are committed to continuing this aggressive and proactive approach throughout the year."
The blotter of gun seizures follows.
Sunday (Jan 31) in the 700 block of Canal Street
At 7:20p.m., Darrin James, 25, was stopped for smoking weed, but after a search, cops discovered a handgun and booked James for Illegal Possession of a Weapon according to the NOPD.
Tuesday (Feb 2) near Bourbon and Conti Streets
Around 11:45p.m., plain clothes detectives caught Demetrius Wilson, 19, smoking pot, and after a pat-down Wilson was busted for carrying loaded .380 caliber pistols in a black back pack reported police. He was arrested for Illegal Possession of a Firearm.
Wednesday (Feb 3) in the 800 block of Canal Street
Justin Lewis, 24 was arrested for allegedly shooting a 24-year-old right off of Canal Street. In addition to the Attempted Second Degree Murder charge, Lewis was also booked for Illegal Possession of a Weapon.
Around 9:04 p.m., in the 900 block of Canal Street
Police said that Keiron Martin, 29, was also stopped for smoking weed, but officers found a loaded .40 caliber pistol in his front pants pocket. Martin was later booked for Illegal Possession of a Weapon.
Thursday (Feb 4) in the 100 block of Elk Place
Around 4:59 p.m., Patrick Johnson, 17, was caught carrying a .9mm pistol in his waistband said the Department. Johnson was booked for Illegal Possession of a Weapon.
Around 8:30 p.m., in the 700 block of Canal Street
Plain clothes detectives patted down a 16-year-old as well as 18-year-old Will Everfield and 27-year-old Derrel Dibartolo. Authorities said that the three men were carrying handguns. All three suspects were all booked with Illegal Possession of a Firearm. Dibartolo was additionally booked with Possession of a Firearm by a Felon.
Around 10:00 p.m., in the 300 block of Bourbon Street
The NOPD said that a citizen flagged down a mounted unit and expressed concerns about an armed man in the area. Police subsequently stopped Brandon Sauce, 24, and confirmed that he was in possession of a pistol. Sauce was booked with Illegal Carrying of a Firearm.
Around 10:55 p.m., in the 100 block of Saint Charles Avenue
Detectives explained that they approached 33-year-old William Powell and 28-year-old Fred Clark because the pair were smoking marijuana, but the stop became more serious when the gumshoes noticed both men carrying guns. Powell was arrested for Possession of a Concealed Firearm and Marijuana, Possession of a Firearm while in Possession of Narcotics and a Convicted Felon in Possession of a Firearm. Clark was arrested for Possession of a Concealed Firearm.
Friday (Feb 5) near Tulane Avenue and Elk Place
Harry Reese, 34, was also nabbed with a gun after a being stopped for smoking weed according to the NOPD. Reese was booked for Illegal Possession of a Firearm. This incident was documented under item number B-05876-16.
Around 9:30 p.m., in the 700 block of Canal Street
Joseph Bell, 20, was the second man arrested by the Canal Street McDonalds during Carnival said police. Cops caught him with a .22 caliber pistol in his front pants pocket after spotting the suspect getting high according to authorities. Bell was later booked for Illegal Possession of a Firearm.
Around 10:00 p.m., in the 900 block of Canal Street
In a familiar refrain, police said that they arrested Terrance Thomas, 22, after finding loaded a .9MM pistol in his pants during a pot stop on Canal. Thomas was booked for Illegal Possession of a Firearm.
Around 10:15 p.m., in the 1000 block of St. Charles
Michael Hanson, 45, of Smyrna, Georgia was trying to catch beads when a pistol fell out of his pocket stated the Department. The NOPD report states that the gun was confiscated, but does not note any charges. NoDef could not find an arrest report.
Saturday (Feb 6) Lee’s Lane near General Meyer Avenue
A spectator at the West Bank’s NOMTOC parade reported a suspicious man carrying a gun to officers on patrol explained the Department. Officers said. Officers said that around 10:05a.m., they approached that man, 24-year-old Kevin McKennie and watched him hide a loaded .40 Caliber pistol in his waistband. McKennie was later arrested and booked with Illegal Possession of a Firearm.
Around 7:30 p.m., in the 900 block of Canal Street
Plain clothes detectives said that another weed bust on Canal led to the discovery that Keanon Wills, 22, and Derrick Smith, 26, in possession of loaded pistols in their waistbands. Both Wills and Smith were later arrested for Illegal Possession of a Firearm.
Around 10:15 p.m., in the 100 block of Bourbon Street
Andre Anderson, 28, was allegedly busted for a loaded pistol in his waistband after detectives caught him smoking herb. Anderson was later booked for Illegal Possession of a Firearm.
Sunday (Feb 7) in the 800 block of Canal Street
By Bacchus Sunday, one would think that gunmen would realize getting high around the 800 block of Canal is a bad idea. However, around 12:15p.m. Craden Barnett, 23, got busted with a loaded pistol in his waistband after he lit up in the area said authorities. Barnett was later booked for Illegal Possession of a Firearm.
Sunday (Feb 7) near the intersection of Canal and South Rampart Streets
At 8:00p.m., Frankquin Hodges, 17, attracted the attention of law enforcement for smoking pot, but the authorities chose to stick around for the loaded .9mm pistol in his waistband posited the NOPD log. Hodges was booked for Illegal Possession of a Firearm.
Around 10:20 p.m., in the 200 block of North Rampart Street
Around 10:21 p.m., 26-year-old Jarrel Joseph of Thibodaux, Louisiana allegedly pointed a pistol at a 20-year-old man inside of a parking garage on the 200 block of North Rampart Street. Police say that he then ran from investigating officers before the cops collared him. Joseph was booked with Aggravated Assault, Illegal Carrying of a Firearm and Flight from an Officer.
Monday (Feb 8) in the 800 block of Canal Street
Terrance Carter, 24, is accused of lighting up in the hotspot on Canal around 4:15p.m. Authorities said that they later found a loaded .357 revolver inside of his front pants pocket. Carter was later booked with Illegal Carrying of a Firearm.
Monday (Feb 8) in the 100 block of Bourbon Street
Derrick Varnado, 22, also was stopped by detectives for smoking marijuana noted the NOPD. Ultimately, officers found a loaded pistol inside of his front pants pocket. He was booked with Illegal Carrying of a Weapon.
Tuesday (Feb 9) in the 200 block of Bourbon Street
Around midnight, detectives observed Jamal Jones, 20, smoking marijuana in the area. Detectives walked up to Jones and identified themselves as police officers. During the investigatory stop, Jones was found to be in possession of a loaded pistol in his waistband. Anderson was later booked for Illegal Possession of a Firearm.
800 block of Canal Street Mardi Gras Day
Plain clothes detectives reported that they arrested 24-year-old Christopher Brown after observing a loaded pistol in his waistband. Barnett was booked for Illegal Possession of a Firearm.
Euterpe Street and Saint Charles Avenue
Around 4:43 p.m., Cortrell Bryant, 23, shot two 18-years-old men after an argument near the Euterpe Street and Saint Charles Avenue according to the NOPD. Bryant was later arrested for the shooting. Bryant was booked for two counts of Aggravated Battery by Shooting and Illegal Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.
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