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UPDATE: St. Mary Parish Councilman arrested on drug and stalking charges

James Bennett, St. Mary Parish District 7.

St. Mary Parish Councilman James Bennett has been booked again.

Bennett, 50, was arrested earlier this year on stalking charges. He was booked again today, this time on a possession of schedule III narcotics, possession of a firearm in the presence of narcotics and stalking.

Today’s arrest follows a search warrant executed this morning of his home by Louisiana State Police.

According to a news release from state police, the Berwick Police Department contacted the Criminal Investigations Division in Houma in April and requested assistance in reference to an investigation of Bennett for stalking in St. Mary Parish.

Bennett had previously been arrested by the Berwick Police Department earlier this year for stalking, but he continued to stalk his victim outside of their jurisdiction.

Through investigative means, troopers observed that he continued his pattern of stalking the victim in St. Mary Parish. CID obtained an arrest warrant against Bennett for stalking and a search warrant of his residence.

Troopers executed the warrants at Bennett’s residence this morning with members of the Berwick Police Department. He was then taken into custody without incident.

While searching his residence, troopers seized several electronic devices belonging to Bennett. Troopers also observed Bennett was in possession of schedule III steroids and several firearms during the search.

Bennett was booked into the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center for the warrant of stalking as well as possession of schedule III narcotics and possession of firearms in the presence of a controlled dangerous substance, according to the news release.

Stay tuned to KATC for further developments on this story.

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