• Carey Meitzler

Four arrested for illegal narcotics after brandishing weapons at vehicles


A press release from Picayune Assistant Police Chief Jeremy Magri stated that on May 7th at approximately 4:30 p.m., two Picayune Police Patrol officers received a complaint that a yellow Chevrolet Camaro was brandishing firearms at vehicles on Memorial Blvd. The officers were able to locate the vehicle as it was traveling southbound on Interstate 59 at a high rate of speed.

According to Magri’s release, the patrol officers were able to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle around mile marker 3. When the patrol officers approached the vehicle, they smelled a strong odor of what appeared to be Marijuana emitting from the vehicle. At this time, the patrol officers detained the driver, identified as Lawrenzo Miquel Harvey, age 20, of 7327 Downman Drive, New Orleans, LA, and the three passengers of the vehicle identified as Lawrence Earl Harvey, age 24, 3031 Golden Drive, Slidell, LA; Devon Neshawn Williams, age 21, of 3232 Queen Anne Drive, Slidell, LA; and Thomas Eugene Richard, age 20, of 3424 Frenchman Street, New Orleans, LA.

Lawrenzo Miquel Harvey Lawrence Earl Harvey

Devon Neshawn Williams Thomas Eugene Richard

It was confirmed through a NCIC search that Lawrenzo Harvey had an outstanding warrant held by the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office for Sale of a Controlled Substance While in Possession of Illegal Weapons.

The patrol officers conducted a search of the vehicle and located a Glock 40 caliber pistol containing an extended magazine which contained full metal jacket ammunition underneath the front passenger seat. Upon a further search of the vehicle, the patrol officers located $6,229 of miscellaneous bills of U.S. currency in the glove box. While searching the trunk of the vehicle, they found a loaded AK-47, a loaded AR-15, and a loaded Glock 45 caliber containing full metal jacket ammunition in plain view. The patrol officers conducted a further search of the trunk and found a camouflage bag that contained two yellow pills believed to be Oxycodone, a large clear plastic bag containing a green leafy substance believed to be Marijuana, and a black ski mask according to the press release.

At this time, detectives with the Picayune Police Narcotics Division arrived on the scene. Through investigative techniques, the detectives learned that the four suspects were en route to allegedly sell illegal narcotics.

All four suspects were placed under arrest for Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute While in Possession of a Firearm, Possession of Robbery Tools, and Possession of a Controlled Substance (felony). Lawrenzo Harvey was subsequently placed under arrest on the warrant due to Orleans Parish placing a hold on him.

All four suspects were taken into custody and transported to the Criminal Justice Center where they were booked and incarcerated.


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