Two men on Feb. 8 were arrested on marijuana and gun charges in separate Bourbon Street incidents after plainclothes detectives allegedly witnessed them rolling blunts, according to New Orleans Police.
The first incident occurred at about 12:19 a.m. on Feb. 8 when Eighth District Task Force plainclothes detectives were patrolling in the 800 block of Bourbon Street and allegedly observed Dominique Breaux, 21, placing green marijuana into an opened cigar, New Orleans Police said.
As detectives attempted to detain Breaux, he fled the scene and was later apprehended three-quarters of a mile away in the 700 block of Common Street in the Central Business District, police officials said.
Detectives allegedly confiscated marijuana from Breaux’s hand and concealed handgun inside his shirt, New Orleans Police said.
Further investigation revealed that Breaux is a convicted felon, according to police.
Breaux was arrested and booked into the Orleans Parish Justice Center on charges of illegal carrying of a firearm, felon in possession of a firearm or concealed weapon and illegal possession of marijuana.
The second incident occurred at 11:02 p.m. in 400 block of Bourbon Street where Eighth District Task Force detectives allegedly observed Jeffry Whitson, 21, placing green marijuana into an opened cigar, New Orleans Police said.
Detectives approached Whitson and smelled marijuana, prompting a search, New Orleans Police said.
A handgun was allegedly found tucked into Whitson’s waistband and concealed with his shirt, according to New Orleans Police.
An additional clear plastic bag containing marijuana was allegedly found in Whitson’s possession, New Orleans Police said.
Whitson was arrested and booked into the Orleans Parish Justice Center on charges of illegal carrying of a firearm and illegal possession of marijuana.
Anyone with information on these incidents is asked to contact NOPD Eighth District detectives at 504-658-6080.