Bayou L’Ourse Man Pleads Guilty to Drug and Weapons Charges

          On July 25, 2018, Jerry Poe of 150 Elaine St. Bayou L’Ourse, LA., age 55, pled guilty to Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. Poe was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Thomas Daigle, and presiding over this matter was the Honorable Judge Jason Verdigets. This guilty plea was the result of a plea agreement with prosecutors following a traffic stop in Assumption Parish. 

          On March 18, 2018, a uniformed patrol deputy with the Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office initiated a traffic stop on a small truck in the Bayou L’Ourse area after observing a traffic violation. Upon coming into contact with the driver of the vehicle who was identified as Jerry Poe, deputies observed Poe to be extremely nervous and was hesitant when asked general questions by the deputy. As a result of this interaction, a K-9 Unit was dispatched. Upon the K-9 conducting an open-air sniff of the vehicle and a positive alert for the presence of illegal substances, Poe and the passenger who was identified as Matthew Burke were both detained. During a search of the vehicle, deputies located a quantity of methamphetamine and a .380 caliber Taurus handgun. Both subjects were arrested and booked into the Assumption Parish Detention Center. Poe subsequently took full responsibility for the items located during the search. Poe has been previously convicted for narcotics related arrests. Burke remains out on bond pending court proceedings.

           Upon entering a guilty plea to the above-mentioned charges, as per the plea agreement with prosecutors, Poe was sentenced to 5 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served.