HAMMOND, LA (WAFB) - Two people have been arrested on federal drug charges for the reported distribution of methamphetamine.
The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office reports that as a result of a joint investigation, Roger David Hammond Jr., 43, of Hammond, and Charlotte White, 50, of Holden, were both arrested on federal drug charges.
The investigation revealed that Hammond was traveling to Baton Rouge to obtain methamphetamine that he would later sell in Tangipahoa Parish. After weeks of gathering information on the illegal operation, TPSO and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) officials made a plan to shut the operation down. With assistance from the Hammond Police Department, agent with all three agencies began surveillance of the illegal operation on April 5.
During this time, agents observed Hammond driving to the Baton Rouge area to obtain meth. While under surveillance, he reportedly traveled back into Tangipahoa Parish, where he met up with White. The duo was seen meeting up at the weigh station area on I-12 east of Pumpkin Center. While under observation, Hammond and White openly conducted an illegal drug transaction.
Officials say once the transaction was completed, agents conducted traffic stops on both vehicles. At this time, search warrants were obtained and executed. As a result, agents discovered approximately 2 ounces of meth.
Hammond and White were both arrested by the DEA on federal narcotics charges and are being held without bond. Hammond was also charged by TPSO on multiple traffic violations and on an outstanding warrant for domestic violence.