The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has taken a significant amount of narcotics off the streets following a traffic stop last week. At approximately 2 p.m. on Thursday, an STPSO patrol deputy conducted a traffic stop on a pickup truck traveling on Fish Hatchery Road in Lacombe. During the stop, the driver, Harold Batiste (DOB 5/27/1973) of Lacombe, was detained for resisting an officer after he refused to exit vehicle and was repeatedly uncooperative with deputies.
A subsequent search of Batiste and the pickup truck he was driving uncovered a large stash of illegal narcotics, cash and drug paraphernalia. Deputies located approximately 193.0 grams of suspected heroin, approximately 105.3 grams of powder cocaine and approximately 67.2 grams of crack cocaine, drug paraphernalia and $5,500 of suspected drug proceeds. Batiste was arrested on the following charges and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on Possession with Intent to Distribute both Cocaine and Heroin, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Resisting an Officer, and other charges.