Agents Arrest Two People for Drug Possession

Release Date: 04/20/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents arrested two Roseland residents for alleged drug charges on April 17 in Tangipahoa Parish.

Agents arrested Willie I. Rhodus Jr., 42, and Shelia R. Hutchins, 46, for possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm while in possession of illegal narcotics, and violating wildlife management area (WMA) regulations.

Agents were on patrol when they found the subjects in a vehicle riding in a restricted area on the Sandy Hollow WMA.  After further investigation, agents found the subjects in possession of methamphetamines, a pistol, and various drug paraphernalia.

Rhodus Jr. and Hutchins were arrested and booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail.

Rhodus Jr. was also cited for driving a vehicle with a suspended driver’s license and with a cancelled license plate.  Hutchins also has six outstanding arrest warrants for writing bad checks.

Possession of methamphetamine carries up to a $5,000 fine and five years in jail.

Possession of drug paraphernalia brings up to a $500 fine and six months in jail.  Possession of a firearm while in possession of illegal drugs carries up to a $10,000 fine and five to 10 years of prison.  Violating WMA regulations brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.

Agents participating in the case are Sgt. Toby Miller and Senior Agent Lee Davis.