Detectives on a drug raid found a stash of hundreds of pairs of designer jeans from a local boutique, apparently stolen by a store employee, police said.
Investigators searching a home for drugs Friday in the NOPD Fifth District discovered between 200 and 300 pairs of jeans with the tags still on them, said Sgt. Warren Keller of the NOPD Second District property-crimes division. A woman arrested during the raid, 40-year-old Untrell U. Nicholas, was an employee of Jean Therapy, a boutique with shops on Magazine Street, in Canal Place and in Metairie’s Lakeside Shopping Center, and the jeans were traced to the Magazine Street store, Keller said.
“That’s about $20,000 worth of jeans,” estimated Lt. Mike Montalbano, interim commander of the Second District.
Nicholas faces charges of conspiracy to distribute heroin out of the drug raid and theft of goods worth more than $1,500 out of the subsequent investigation into the jeans, according to jail records. She was released after her bond was set at $5,000.