NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Louisiana State Police are making their presence known this Carnival season with over 115 arrests in the New Orleans area.
Last Friday, over 150 troopers were deployed across the French Quarter and the New Orleans metropolitan area in support of the New Orleans Police Department during the 2015 Carnival season.
So far, troopers say they have seized eight illegally possessed weapons, made over 115 arrests and taken over $370,000 worth of illegal narcotics off of the streets.
State troopers note one incident in particular that resulted in a massive seizure of narcotics and six arrests. On Saturday, troopers obtained a warrant to search an alleged distribution house on St. Anthony Street in New Orleans.
Investigators say they discovered various narcotics including cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana, LSD, Xanax, psilocybin mushrooms and various other drugs that are pending scientific analysis.
Six individuals were arrested and booked into the Orleans Parish Prison. The men who were arrested are 38-year-old Michael Kinkennnon, 28-year-old Aaron Lang, 26-year-old Gordon Christenson Jr., 29-year-old Steven Miller, 28-year-old Robert Schappert and 35-year-old Patric Custis.
State Police Superintendent Colonel Mike Edmonson says work like this will continue while the State Troopers are in town for the Mardi Gras holiday.
"As Troopers deployed into the city, they were challenged to be proactive and make their presence known both to the good citizens of this community and the criminal element," said Edmonson. "I am proud of what this agency accomplishes every day. Citizens and tourists will continue to see LSP support for the NOPD and the City of New Orleans."