On Wednesday afternoon, an undercover officer purchased marijuana at 2221 First Street, leading to the arrests of three men: 39-year-old Johnny L. Smith, 19-year-old Demond A. Hutton and 40-year-old Kevin Banks, according to an email alert from the NOPD Sixth District. A search of the residence turned up more marijuana and the money used to make the undercover purchase, authorities said. Each was charged with distribution of marijuana, according to jail records.
Later that afternoon, officers made another purchase of marijuana, this time at 2114 Toledano Street, according to the alert. The ensuing search led to the arrests of 38-year-old Lemark Pierre, 50-year-old Marshall Pierre and 48-year-old Roger Johnson, and narcotics officers also found 277 grams of marijuana and $312 in cash, police said. Marshall Pierre was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, and Johnson was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and distribution of marijuana, jail records show. No records were available for Lemark Pierre.
On Thursday, narcotics detectives near South Liberty and St. Andrew streets watched 24-year-old Raymond Frith work a drug stash under a house, removing several rocks of crack cocaine from it and then returning to the intersection where he sold it by hand, police said in a second release. When police arrested him and returned to the stash, they found 73 individually wrapped pieces of crack cocaine, a larger piece and a .45-caliber Ruger handgun, police said. A further search under the house turned up another gun, which was also seized, police said.
Frith was charged with possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and with violating probation for previous cocaine-distribution and gun charges. The gun was listed as stolen from St. Tammany Parish, so Frith was also charged with possession of a stolen firearm, police said.