Release Date: 04/11/2006

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested a St. John Parish man on March 31 for alleged narcotics violations. 

Christopher M. Steele, 23, of Laplace was arrested for allegedly possessing marijuana with intent to distribute.  Steele, who has two prior narcotics arrests, was booked into the Nelson Coleman Correctional Center.

Agents were patrolling the Bonnet Carre' Spillway when they spotted Steele in his vehicle blocking the rear boat launch.  Upon contact with Steele, the agents detected a strong odor of marijuana in his vehicle.  The agents then discovered approximately one ounce of a substance the agents suspected was marijuana, a digital scale and several plastic bags.  Steele was arrested and the substance, scale and bags were seized.

The substance was submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis.  The St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office seized Steele's vehicle, a 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe.

The penalty for a third offense conviction of illegally possessing marijuana is imprisonment with or without hard labor for up to 20 years.  The penalty for possessing marijuana with intent to distribute is a term of imprisonment at hard labor between five and 30 years and a fine between $15,000.

Agents participating in the investigation were Sgt. Eddie Skena and Agent Derek Sampey.

EDITORS: For further information, contact Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze at 225-765-2469 or klacaze@wlf.louisiana.gov.