Louisiana Deputy Arrested With 18 Pounds of Marijuana

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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.

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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.


Stephen Bradley is the editor of Cannablog, a website focused on providing access to news and information about medical and recreational cannabis. Stephen is also a former police supervisor-turned marijuana activist, owner of the Weedbiz™ Network and a speaker for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP).

4 thoughts on “Louisiana Deputy Arrested With 18 Pounds of Marijuana

  • June 5, 2015 at 12:28 am

    Cops always have the best dope. Cops just don’t know how to be cool while driving. There’s laws you need to follow while you are driving loaded down with drugs. Smart people don’t break the law, so they won’t get stopped. When you rush, that is when bad things happen.

  • June 7, 2015 at 5:37 am

    He might get off actually. Not knowing all the circumstances but the supreme court just ruled on a case that said police are no longer allowed to keep you for unnecessary time periods. If you committed a traffic offense they cannot keep you longer then it takes to write the ticket and send you on your way. But like I said I don’t know everything here.

    • June 7, 2015 at 8:10 am

      You are absolutely right Ron. It will all boil down to the REASONABLENESS of the length of the detainment. Unless the trooper can succinctly articulate several reasons for the detention then it will probably get tossed at a motions hearing.