On July 3, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies, along with officers from the Franklinton Police Department, were conducting a sobriety checkpoint on Highway 16 west of Franklinton.
When Jared Lane Berry, 21, a resident of Creel Road, stopped at the checkpoint, a deputy determined he was in possession of illegal drugs along with drug paraphernalia and a pistol. Berry was arrested and booked into the Washington Parish Jail charged with possession with intent to distribute illegal drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia and carrying a firearm with illegal drugs present.
“Sobriety checkpoints are a valuable tool to identify intoxicated drivers,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “They are also helpful to identify persons in possession of illegal drugs, persons with outstanding warrants and sometimes fugitives from other jurisdictions. When you experience the minor inconvenience of having to stop at a checkpoint, be grateful that officers are there and thank them for doing their job.”