New Orleans, assistant city attorney, Jason Cantrell, dropped a joint while talking to a police officer in Orleans Parish Criminal District Court. I bet he wished he checked his pockets. Amateur! Check out the photos and details here…
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Cantrell, 43, received a summons for drug possession and released under a city policy for low-level marijuana cases. New Orleans Police Department spokesperson Garry Flot, Cantrell was talking to one of the officers waiting to testify in court when the rolled up joint tumbled out of his pocket and landed on the floor.
The police officers exchanged a bemused look before making arguably the world’s easiest drug bust. They were spotted chuckling as their colleagues led Cantrell out of the courtroom at around 4.15pm to issue him a summons. Ryan Berni, a spokesman for Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s office, told the New Orleans Times-Picayune that at the time of the incident, Cantrell was not working on behalf of the city. He was suspended without pay pending an investigation. According to a statement issued by Cantrell’s wife, LaToya Cantrell, her husband resigned his city post late Monday. Besides handing traffic court cases in his capacity as an assistant city attorney, Cantrell also has a private practice.
Cantrell has practiced civil and criminal law in New Orleans for 17 years, including six as a public defender in Juvenile Court. In an ironic twist, the 43-year-old also worked as a drug court attorney. LaToya Cantrell issued a statement apologizing for her husband’s actions and saying:
“Angry, embarrassed, and disappointed’ with the 43-year-old’s ‘lack of judgment. I love my husband unconditionally and am very concerned for his health and well-being, and for that of our family,’ Cantrell said. ‘I hope that this incident will encourage Jason to seek the professional help he needs and ask that the public respect our privacy in this very personal family matter.”
The City Council in late 2010 made marijuana possession a municipal offense, allowing police to issue a summons rather than arrest and book an offender on state charges in an effort to reduce the case load.