New Orleans Police officers did not have to travel far to bring a drug possession suspect in front of a judge, mainly because the suspect, a New Orleans prosecutor, was already in court.
New Orleans assistant city attorney Jason Cantrell, 43, allegedly dropped a marijuana joint out of his pocket while he was talking to a group of New Orleans Police Department officers in a New Orleans magistrate court. The officers were apparently amused by the incident, reportedly laughing as they escorted Cantrell out of the courtroom.
According to WDSU, Ryan Berni, city spokesperson for New Orleans, said Cantrell has been suspended without pay while the incident is being investigated.
Cantrell, son of Magistrate Commissioner Harry Cantrell, ran for Juvenile Court Judge in 2009. On his Cantrell for Judge website, he says he wants to institute "diversion and alternatives-to-detention" programs such as a drug court for 1st time offenders aimed at deterring criminal behavior and lowering the recidivism. Cantrell election bid was unsuccessful.
The Times-Picayune reports that Cantrell was issued a summons for simple possession of marijuana because he was a first time offender.
Cantrell's wife, LaToya Cantrell, is running for the District B the City Council seat. She issued a statement following her husband's arrest which stated:“I absolutely do not condone his action.” She added, “I love my husband unconditionally and am very concerned for his health and well-being, and for that of our family."