Labadieville Man Sentenced on St. James Parish Drug Charge

          On May 22, 2017, Eric Sanchez of 102 Rider Ln. Labadieville, LA., age 38, pled guilty to Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substance. Sanchez was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Adam Koenig, and presiding over this matter was the Honorable Judge Tess Stromberg. This guilty plea was the result of a plea agreement with prosecutors after an investigation into a suspicious vehicle. 

          On January 16, 2016, a St. James Parish Sheriff’s Office patrol deputy observed a 2003 GMC pick-up truck parked on the side of the road near the intersection of LA 3125 and LA 3214. The deputy approached the driver’s door of the vehicle and observed a male subject identified as Eric Sanchez slumped over the center console of the vehicle. The deputy was able to wake up Sanchez, who was instructed to exit the vehicle. While exiting the vehicle the deputy observed Sanchez attempting to conceal a syringe and needle. Sanchez was detained and the deputy conducted a search of the interior of Sanchez’s vehicle. During the search, a clear plastic baggie containing heroin residue was recovered. Sanchez was subsequently arrested and booked into the St. James Parish Jail. 

          Upon entering a guilty plea to the above mentioned charge, as per the plea agreement with prosecutors, Judge Stromberg ordered that Sanchez be committed to the Louisiana Department of Corrections for a period of 3 years with credit for time served.