After narcotics agents with the Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at an apartment in Plaquemine, a 19-year-old Plaquemine man was arrested on numerous charges, according to Sheriff Brett Stassi.

“Over the holidays, we got information about someone having drugs and some guns in an apartment off Belleview Road,” he said.

Rashad Seals, 58745 Belleview Rd., was charged with two counts of possession with the intent to distribute Schedule I narcotics and one count each of possession to distribute Schedule II narcotics, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm in the presence of a controlled dangerous substance and unlawful use of body armor.

“They found heroin, marijuana, cocaine and three guns—one of which was found to be stolen from a residence in Plaquemine,” the sheriff said.

Some of what was confiscated in the search of Seals’ apartment concerned Stassi deeply.

“The unlawful use of body armor is because of him being in possession of bulletproof vests,” the sheriff said. “The bad guys are now equipping themselves with things that many law enforcement agencies are working on getting.”

Stassi said the Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office is fortunate in that regard because not only do all of his deputies and detectives have bulletproof vests, “upon hiring, we buy a fitted vest for every deputy when we hire them.”

The handguns found in Seals’ were sophisticated, high-powered, semi-automatic Glocks, along with oversized ammunition clips.

“To see this kind of ammunition and these extended clips and to know this is what the criminals are going to nowadays is disturbing,” Stassi said, and an indication of the importance of keeping local law enforcement well equipped.

“We have to make sure that we keep our people equipped with everything that they need to stay safe,” he continued. “We also cannot let these few individuals, a small percentage of troublemakers and dope dealers in this parish, have equipment like Seals had.”

“We have to make sure it’s safe for the rest of the law-abiding citizens of Iberville Parish,” Stassi said, adding more arrests are expected as this investigation continues.