The NOPD arrested Katricia Ridgel (DOB: 01-21-1991) after she was found to be in illegal possession of marijuana and a firearm while in the 600 block of Bourbon Street on May 31, 2019.
At about 12:45 a.m., NOPD Eighth District Bourbon Promenade Unit officers were patrolling on foot in the 600 block of Bourbon Street when they noticed a group of individuals walk past with a significant odor of marijuana emanating from the group. The officers then reportedly saw a female subject in the group – later identified as Ridgel – smoke a hand roller cigar before attempting to hide it from the officers. The officers then stopped the group and confiscated the alleged marijuana cigar. A search of Ridgel’s purse revealed a loaded handgun concealed inside. Ridgel was arrested and charged with illegal possession of a firearm and possession of marijuana.
Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is asked to contact the NOPD Eighth District at 504-658-6080.