BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A man from Plaquemine, LA and a woman from New Orleans, LA were arrested Saturday night in the parking lot of the 72nd Ave. BREC park after police found "far more" heroin than one person would use, according to the probable cause affidavit.
Around 10:30 p.m. a Baton Rouge Police Department officer was patrolling in the area when he spotted an SUV parked in the parking lot. The park closed after dark.
The officer saw two people standing by the open driver door and also saw an open bottle of gin inside the vehicle, in plain sight, as well as a .40 caliber pistol between the driver's seat and the center console.
The officer asked the woman for her ID and stood by while she checked her purse. The officer reports the woman appeared to be intentionally hiding parts of her purse while checking it. Because the officer thought she was hiding something illegal, the officer checked her purse and found two bags containing multiple small, individually wrapped bags of heroin.
When asked about the heroin, the woman, now identified as 41-year-old Cynthia Lanieux Parker, said she had never seen it before and 29-year-old Robert Bernard Bridgewater must have put it in her purse.
During the investigation, the officer also found a .22 caliber rifle in the vehicle.
Both Parker and Bridgewater were arrested.
Both Parker and Bridgewater were charged with possession with intent to distribute heroin, trespassing in BREC parks, possession of alcohol in BREC parks, possession of firearms in BREC parks, possession of firearms with a controlled dangerous substance. They were booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison where they are both being held on a $86,500 bond.