Sheriff: JPSO didn't go after Saints player

Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
February 09, 2019 - 3:30 am

Did the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's office unfairly target New Orleans Saints player David Onyemata when they raided his apartment to find pot?  

Sheriff Joe Lopinto is defending himself against those claims.

"I didn't know who David Onyemata is, to be honest with you," JP's top cop insisted.

Lopinto says the probe didn't even begin with his agency.

"This comes from a package that is being delivered from out of the country, that Customs ends up determining that may have marijuana in it.  They contact us, and let us know it is going to be delivered and is coming to an address here in Jefferson Parish."

The sheriff says when they arrived at the address in Elmwood; they found marijuana, cannabis oil, hemp powder and marijuana edibles.  It was only then that Lopinto says they learned that it was a Saints player living there.

Some have suggested the Sheriff's office should have used professional discretion and not taken action.

"I don't have the ability to let an illegal substance just be flushed down the toilet," the sheriff responded. "My detectives have an obligation at that moment it time.  We don't have the ability to just say, 'Tough luck, we don't agree with that law.'"

He says any anger should be with Onyemata for breaking the law, not his office for doing its job.


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