An off-duty Cameron Parish, Louisiana sheriff’s deputy was arrested for possession with intent to distribute nearly 18 pounds of marijuana following a search of his vehicle Tuesday night by state troopers.
28-year-old Derek Nothnagel was arrested on Interstate 10 in Sulphur, LA after being stopped for following too closely and improper lane use, two infractions the young deputy obviously forgot he himself was taught to use in order to stop (alleged) marijuana traffickers like himself. Deputy Nothnagel did apparently recall part of his police academy training, however, as troopers were forced to call a K9 after Nothnagel refused to consent to a search of his vehicle.
Nothnagel, who was immediately fired by the Cameron Parish Sheriff after being (allegedly) caught with what appears to be an impressive mixture of both good bud and Mexischwag brick weed, doesn’t appear to have been a member of the law enforcement community for too long. A March post on the former deputy’s Facebook page shows him standing with who is presumed to be his wife (and who he shares his Facebook page with- awww), holding a police academy diploma.
If Nothnagel’s arrest demonstrates anything it’s that the war on drugs – and more specifically the war on the cannabis plant – makes so little sense that you can’t help but feel sorry this young father and his family, who are now victims of the same arcane, unfair and highly antiquated drug laws that he himself swore an oath to uphold.
Nothnagel’s remains in the Calcasieu Parish jail in lieu of a $27,300 bond. Nothnagel’s wife, who was in the car at the time, was not arrested.