BURAS, La. - A Plaquemines Parish minister and his daughter were arrested Friday night after police found crack cocaine and several pounds of marijuana on the minister and in his SUV, according to a statement from the Plaquemines Sheriff's Office.
Around 9:15 p.m., Pastor Martin Denesse, Homeplace, La., and his daughter India Marshall, Empire, were stopped in a Ford Expedition after making an illegal u-turn as Plaquemines Narcotics agents were performing an operation along Hwy 23 in Belle Chasse, police said.
Agents had stopped another vehicle, when Denesse was approaching the roadblock by police and made the sudden u-turn, according to police.
Denesse’s SUV was pulled over by police, and, police said, he immediately began to distance himself from the vehicle, while acting in an excited and nervous manner to the agents.
When agents searched the pastor, police found 4.5 grams of crack cocaine, and his daughter had a crack pipe in her possession when she was searched, police said.
K-9 dogs were brought in by police, after the pastor agreed to a search of his vehicle, and the dogs located a backpack containing approximately 7.5 pounds of marijuana and a scale, police said.
Denesse and Marshall were booked by Plaquemines police with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of crack cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and traffic violations, police said.
Denesse is the pastor of Grace Harbor Christian Ministries, police said.