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Trash digging leads to drug arrests in West Monroe

WEST MONROE, La. - Two Monroe residents were arrested in West Monroe accused of several drug charges after officers found them digging in a pile of trash on the side of the road.

Charlotte McGurk, 60 of Monroe, and Jackie Dehart, 49 of Monroe, were arrested Sunday, March 25, 2018.

According to the arrest report, West Monroe Police saw a vehicle stopped around 12:37 a.m. in the middle of Shaw Street near North 11th Street. Officers pulled up behind the vehicle and observed a white male and female digging in a pile of trash on the side of the road.

Officers made contact and were able to identify them as Jackie Dehart and Charlotte Mcgurk. As officers approached Dehart and Mcgurk, Dehart turned away from the officers and tried to walk around the vehicle. Officers had both of them to step in front of the patrol car and Dehart turned his back to officers and reached for his pockets. Officers asked for consent to search them and they both consented.

Officer found two plastic bags containing meth and two used syringes and five unused syringes while searching Dehart.

While officers searched McGurk, they found numerous pills in her purse including 1 concerta, 3 meperdine, 29 tramadol, 38 meloxicam, 30 trazodone and one unidentifiable white pill. While searching the truck, officers located a plastic bag that contained a small amount of meth.

Dehart stated he and McGurk used meth together a short time before officers made contact with them.

McGurk also admitted to using meth with Dehart a short time earlier and said she did not have a prescription.

Both Dehart and McGurk have been booked into the Ouachita Correctional Center.

Dehart faces charges of possession of a controlled dangerous substance (meth) and prohibited acts. His bond has been set at $4,000.00.

McGurk faces charges of possession of a controlled dangerous substance (meth), possession of a controlled dangerous substance (maperdine), possession of a controlled dangerous substance (concerta), possession of a controlled dangerous substance (tramadol), sale, distribution or possession of a legend drug without prescription (malexicam) and sale, distribution or possession of a legend drug without prescription (Trazodone). Her bond has been set at $17,000.00.

 


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