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St. John the Baptist Parish sheriff's deputy arrested on drug and weapon charges

Barry Conner II, 23 (Source: Facebook) Barry Conner II, 23 (Source: Facebook)

The St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff's Office placed a corrections division deputy on indefinite suspension Wednesday, according to Sheriff Mike Tregre.

Barry Conner II, 23, was arrested in St. Charles Parish earlier in the morning.

He was booked into jail on drug possession charges, use of a firearm around a controlled dangerous substance and a traffic violation, according to court documents.

Deputies stopped Conner because of a broken headlight at approximately 1:17 a.m. in St. Charles Parish. They discovered marijuana, cocaine and a handgun, according to investigators.

Conner started with the sheriff's office in August 2015.

He's being held on a $25,000 bond.

Conner's integrity was called into question by a top police watchdog when he was accused of pulling a gun on a crowd at a bar while he was off-duty back in October 2015. The incident stemmed from a fight between two women. Conner said someone pulled a gun on his cousin.

Investigators said he smelled like alcohol when they took their report.

“There were violations in the way that he handled that disturbance because he was a new hire, he wasn't POST certified, he wasn't supposed to be using a weapon under the umbrella of the Sheriff's Office,” said Metropolitan Crime Commission President Rafael Goyeneche.

Conner's next court hearing is scheduled for June 13.

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