NOPD foot patrol detectives arrest man accused of selling cannabis edibles on Bourbon Street

(Photo: CC Flickr)
A 20-year-old man is accused of drug possession after New Orleans Police say they observed him selling cannabis-infused edibles on Bourbon Street last week.

Josaiha Sanders was arrested by foot patrol detectives on June 24 after they observed him selling cannabis-infused edibles in the 700 block of Bourbon Street, according to New Orleans Police.

Eighth District detectives were conducting patrols in the French Quarter when they allegedly watched Sanders selling the edibles at about 11 p.m..

Detectives detained Sanders and, after preliminary testing, verified that the products in his possession contained tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, according to New Orleans Police.

Sanders was arrested on suspicion of drug possession with intent to distribute.

After Sanders was arrested, detectives confiscated 58 pre-packaged cannabis edibles, several “servings” of raw cannabis and cash, according to New Orleans Police.

Anyone with information on Sanders or this incident is asked to contact Eight District detectives at 504-658-6080. Anonymous callers are asked to contact Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or toll-free at 877-903-7867. 

Sanders’ arrest came after New Orleans City Council President Helena Moreno introduced an ordinance on May 20 that would “decriminalize,” or not require an arrest for someone possessing 14 grams of marijuana or less.

The ordinance was unanimously approved by the Council’s Criminal Justice Committee Tuesday and is included on the Council’s consent agenda for their next meeting on Thursday. Votes for items included on the consent agenda do not require discussion or debate and are considered routine procedures.

To view the July 1 New Orleans City Council agenda, click here.

Graphic by Eric T. Styles