CRIME

Geismar man convicted on cocaine charge

Staff reports

A six-person Ascension Parish jury deliberated about 20 minutes before unanimously finding Torey Jacobs, 29, of 6279 Highway 73, Geismar, guilty as charged to possession of cocaine.

23rd Judicial District Attorney Ricky Babin said in a release the conviction stems from an incident that occurred on July 3, 2007.

Ascension Parish Sheriff’s narcotics detectives, after receiving information that Jacobs was planning to meet an individual to make a cocaine transaction, set up surveillance on the parking lot at the Chevron Station at Hwy. 73 and Hwy. 30.

Jacobs arrived in the parking lot and approached another vehicle, but when narcotics detectives pulled into the lot at Jacobs noticed the detectives and took off running toward a wooded area.

The narcotics detectives chased Jacobs through an open wet field, a canal, up an embankment and through woods until they finally apprehended and arrested him.

Jacobs admitted that while running he discarded objects from his pockets and threw cocaine into the canal.

Jacobs is now a third felony offender, having two prior convictions, both for possession of cocaine in 1999 and again in 2000, where he served two and one half years in the Department of Corrections.

Prior to trial, the state filed a motion to Invoke Sentencing Provisions regarding second or subsequent offense which means that Jacobs is facing a minimum of ten years in the Department of Corrections.

Judge Guy Holdridge, who presided over the trial, ordered that the defendant’s post-conviction bond be set at $10,000. The court further ordered a pre-sentence investigative report be conducted and will set a sentencing date upon completion of that report. 

Robin C. O’Bannon and Joni M. Buquoi prosecuted the case for the State, and Peter John of Baton Rouge represented Jacobs.