Alexandria convicted felon charged with possession of illegal drugs, weapons

James Eric Freeman
James Eric Freeman(Source: Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office)
Updated: May. 6, 2021 at 6:48 PM CDT
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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - A convicted felon from Alexandria has been arrested for possessing illegal drugs as well as firearms, according to the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office.

RPSO says on May 5 they pulled James Eric Freeman, 47, over for a traffic stop. During the stop, deputies say they discovered a handgun in Freeman’s possession. After a brief struggle, Freeman was taken into custody without further incident. RPSO later learned he was a convicted felon currently on parole through the State of Louisiana for narcotics distribution and is prohibited from possessing a firearm.

(Source: Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office)

RPSO searched Freeman’s residence and located suspected fentanyl, liquid fentanyl/methadone, suspected marijuana/synthetic marijuana, three firearms and suspected drug paraphernalia.

Freeman has been booked for the following charges:

  • Illegal carrying of a weapon-first
  • Resisting an officer
  • Intent to Distribute CDS 1 (marijuana/synthetic marijuana approximately 26 grams
  • Intent to Distribute CDS 2 (fentanyl) approximately four grams
  • Intent to Distribute CDS 2 (methadone) approximately
  • Four counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
  • Four counts of possession of a firearm with illegal drugs
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia

Freeman remains in jail on a $93,500 bond and parole hold without bond.

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