NEW ORLEANS – A 22-year-old man was found guilty by a Criminal Court judge for possession of an assault rifle and drugs. The man had been caught by police, according to the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office, with a fully loaded AK-47 and a bag of marijuana during a traffic stop.
Friday, Walter Bertholotee was found guilty by Judge Benedict Willard for possession of a firearm with a controlled substance, according to a statement from the DA’s office.
On Dec. 19, 2010, Bertholotte was a passenger inside a car that was pulled over in the 1300 block of Egania Street. The vehicle was pulled over after the car was spotted swerving in and out of a traffic during a second line, according to the DA’s office.
“The defendant had a fully loaded AK-47 assault rifle with a chambered round resting between his legs. Additionally, the defendant had a bag of marijuana in the pocket of his pants,” said a statement from the DA’s office.
Bertholotte made bond, but was remanded to prison twice for positive drug tests, according to the DA’s office.
Bertholotte will be sentenced on July 27. He faces between five and 10 years, according to the DA’s office.