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NOPD Arrests Suspect on Drug, Gun Charges on Monroe Street

by Aaron E. Looney

August 22, 2017

Categories: On Duty

Topics: Good Police Work, Second District

NOPD Arrests Suspect on Drug, Gun Charges on Monroe Street

NOPD Second District officers today (August 22, 2017) arrested Irowion Williams (DOB: 07-29-1991) on drug and gun possession charges stemming from a cursory stop in the 1600 block of Monroe Street.

While on patrol at about 3:15 p.m., Second District officers observed a blue Chevrolet Cobalt car parked on the sidewalk in the area, occupied by two individuals with the windows down. The officers detected the odor of burning marijuana on the block and soon after saw smoke consistent with that of burning vegetative material coming from the vehicle’s open windows. Officers approached the vehicle and saw an open bottle of brandy in the center console.

The driver of the vehicle attempted to conceal the bottle, at which time a clear bag of green vegetative material fell from the car door handle into plain view. The driver then confirmed that he smoked marijuana. The driver was removed from the vehicle and secured for the remainder of the investigation.

Officers then asked the passenger, identified as Williams, to exit the vehicle, to which he complied. As one of the officer attempted to place Williams in handcuffs, Williams pushed away and attempted to flee the scene on foot. Officers subdued Williams by bringing him to the ground, at which time Williams was handcuffed. EMS later arrived to treat a superficial laceration suffered by Williams in the exchange.

A search of Williams revealed a clear plastic bag containing material positively identified as marijuana, along with a silver handgun.

Williams was arrested and booked into the Orleans Parish Justice Center for possession of a firearm while in possession of marijuana, flight from an officer and possession of marijuana. A booking photo of Williams was not available at the time of this release.

Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is asked to contact Second District detectives at 504-658-6020. Citizens with information that can help solve crimes are asked to call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or toll-free at 1-877-903-STOP.