ALBANY, LA (WAFB) - Investigators said two people were arrested and a few thousand dollars worth of drugs were seized after a suspected meth dealer reportedly pulled a stolen gun on deputies Tuesday.
The Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office reported Joseph "John" Wascom, 36, of Greensburg, and Roy Hart, 32, of Denham Springs, were taken into custody.
Wascom faces the following charges:
Possession with intent to distribute methamphetamines
Possession of drug paraphernalia
Illegal carrying of a firearm in the presence of controlled dangerous substance (CDS)
Illegal possession of stolen firearm
Resisting an officer with force or violence
Bond was not set.
Roy Hart is charged with principal to distribution of methamphetamines. His bond was set at $250,000.
Officials said narcotics and patrol deputies were in the middle of a drug-related investigation on Livingston Street in Albany when they happened upon Wascom. According to reports, deputies saw him drive up to a home on the street and when he saw them, he allegedly pulled a gun out of his waistband.
Deputies said they struggled with Wascom, but were able to get the gun from him. They added he dropped about 32 grams of suspected meth during the struggle. The drugs have a street value of about $3,850 and were reportedly in baggies. LPSO reported weighing scales and other drug paraphernalia were also confiscated.
Investigators said Hart was a passenger in the vehicle and reportedly admitted to knowing the drugs were inside.
The Albany Police Department assisted in the arrests.
The investigation is ongoing.