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Tip sends convicted felon back to jail

Robert Ricks (Source: NOPD) Robert Ricks (Source: NOPD)
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

The NOPD says a Crimestoppers tip led to the arrest of 33-year-old Robert "Robbie" Ricks. NOPD Fourth District Narcotics detectives got a tip from someone who said there was drug activity at Ricks' home in Algiers.

When detectives and the U.S. Marshals Service searched the home on Belleville Street, they say they found 46.9 grams of crack cocaine, 13.5 grams of heroin, 32.6 grams of marijuana and more than $3,800 in cash.

Before executing the search warrant, detectives conducted undercover surveillance of Ricks' home and saw what they believed to be several hand-to-hand drug transactions. Based on the Crimestoppers tip and the surveillance of the home, detectives were able to secure a court approved search warrant.

The NOPD says Ricks is currently on parole for armed robbery and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Ricks was booked into Central Lock-up with possession of a firearm while in possession of narcotics, felon in possession of a firearm, illegal possession of a firearm, heroin possession, crack cocaine possession, possession of marijuana and parole violation.

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