VIOLET, La. --The St. Bernard's Parish Sheriff's Office apprehended a man authorities are calling the "most notorious drug dealer" for the eastern part of the parish.
Jerrell Maxon, 39, who was raised in St. Bernard Parish but currently lives in eastern New Orleans, was arrested Tuesday at his girlfriend's home in Violet, according to Sheriff James Pohlmann.
When deputies armed with a search warrant went to Jaleshia Garner's home on Stacie Drive in Violet, they found "a large stash of narcotics, including 38 grams of crack cocaine - or 1.3 ounces – in 22 baggies and 3.2 grams of powder cocaine in five bags, as well as 39 grams of marijuana in 27 bags, 18 Soma muscle-relaxers and three pain pills"," said the sheriff's office. The drugs are valued at approximately $4,400.
Garner and two other women were also arrested at the home, and several children in the home were released to family members, the sheriff's office said.
Maxon and Garner were both booked with possession with intent to distribute crack, powder cocaine and marijuana and with possession of controlled substances in the presence of juveniles and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the sheriff's office. Maxon was also booked on pill counts for two bags of pills found in his pockets.
Maxon, according to the sheriff's office, has a long criminal history in St. Bernard Parish.
"He has an extensive criminal history of arrests for drugs dating to a 1995 arrest for cocaine possession and has served at least three prison terms for drug convictions in the past, two of which were in St. Bernard Parish," Pohlmann said.
Joint investigations of Maxon by the sheriff's office, NOPD and DEA found Maxon “is a major cocaine distributor in the New Orleans metro area and conducts most of his business in St. Bernard Parish," Pohlmann said.