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CRIME STOPPERS TIP LEADS TO TWO PORT BARRE MEN ARRESTED FOR WEAPONS AND DRUG CHARGES

ANOTHER PORT BARRE MAN WANTED FOR BENCH WARRANTS

According to Sheriff Bobby J. Guidroz, “On August 18, 2022, Narcotics detectives with the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office went to the address of 290 Mila Road, Port Barre, Louisiana after receiving multiple tips from St. Landry Crime Stoppers. Upon arrival at the residence, detectives made contact with Steven Nezat Jr. and Austin Benoit.

During a search of the residence, detectives located approximately 1 gram of methamphetamine.  Detectives also located a shotgun and 2 rifles. One of the rifles had a suppressor (silencer), which is illegal without proper federal registration paperwork.

Additionally, detectives located a pressure washer and an aerator for a home sewer tank. After running the serial numbers of both items through the National Crime Information Center database (NCIC), detectives learned that both items were reported stolen. 

On August 18, 2022, Steven Creig Nezat, Jr. was transported to the St. Landry Parish Jail and charged with possession of schedule I CDS (methamphetamine), possession of drug paraphernalia, illegal possession of a firearm in the presence of a CDS, possession or dealing in unregistered or illegally transferred weapons.

On August 18, 2022, Austin Tyler Benoit was transported to the St. Landry Parish Jail and charged possession of schedule I CDS (methamphetamine), possession of drug paraphernalia, illegal possession of a firearm in the presence of a CDS (2 counts).

Nathan Slade Perry recently resided at this address with Nezat and Benoit and has 3 active bench warrants for the following charges:  possession of schedule I CDS, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession with intent to distribute schedule I CDS, felon in possession of a firearm, distribution of schedule II CDS (2 counts), and domestic abuse battery.  Arrest warrants for Nathan Perry for 2 counts of burglary will be issued at a later date.

Sheriff Guidroz stated, “I want to take this opportunity to thank the tipsters of Crime Stoppers for coming forward with information on drug activity. Working together through Crime Stoppers, law enforcement, and, of course, the tipster, this neighborhood is now that much safer for the citizens in our parish.”

Anyone with information about illegal drug activity is encouraged to call the St. Landry Parish Sheriff Department’s Drug Hotline at 337-948-0970 or 948-1030. All callers remain anonymous and the information is kept strictly confidential.  

You may also call Crime Stoppers at 337-948-TIPS, download the P3 app on your mobile device or simply dial **TIPS on your mobile phone to tip. All calls are anonymous and you can earn a cash reward for information leading to an arrest.

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ARRESTED:
Steven Creig Nezat, Jr., age 45 – White / Male
290 Mila Road – Port Barre, LA., 70577
CHARGES:  
Possession of Schedule I CDS (Methamphetamine); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Possession of a Firearm in the Presence of a CDS; Possession of Dealing in Unregistered or Illegally Transferred Weapons
BOND:  $4,500

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ARRESTED:
Austin Tyler Benoit, age 37 – White / Male
290 Mila Road – Port Barre, LA., 70577

CHARGES: 
Possession of Schedule I CDS (Methamphetamine); Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Illegal Possession of a Firearm in the Presence of a CDS (2 counts)

BOND:  $4,000

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WANTED:
Nathan Slade Perry, age 40 – White / Male
290 Mila Road – Port Barre, LA., 70577

ACTIVE BENCH WARRANTS AND CHARGES:
DOCKET NUMBER CR-181999
Possession of Schedule I CDS, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule I CDS (Methamphetamine), Convicted Felon in Possession of a Firearm

DOCKET NUMBER CR-182000 / CR-182001
Distribution of Schedule I CDS (Methamphetamine) (2 counts)

DOCKET NUMBER CR-201859
Domestic Abuse Battery
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On behalf of Sheriff Bobby J. Guidroz, this is Deputy Chief Eddie Thibodeaux.  All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.