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Candidate running for Louisiana congress arrested for pot possession, child endangerment

District 72 covers parts of East Feliciana, St. Helena and Tangipahoa parishes.
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HAMMOND, La. — A woman running for a south Louisiana House seat has been arrested on drug-related counts in Tangipahoa Parish.

The Daily Star reports 26-year-old Marylee Bellau, of Kentwood, was arrested Wednesday after she and a man arrived at a location under narcotics surveillance with a young child in the back seat. Sheriff's deputies searched their vehicle and found illegal narcotics.

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Authorities say Bellau, an independent candidate running against incumbent Democratic state Rep. Robby Carter, of Greensburg, was jailed on one count each of possession of marijuana and a controlled dangerous substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and child endangerment. The man with her, 49-year-old Joseph Hammons, also faces charges.

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It was unknown if Bellau has an attorney.

District 72 covers parts of East Feliciana, St. Helena and Tangipahoa parishes.