On Sunday, June 14, 2015, a St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to the 600 block of Fairway Drive in LaPlace for the report of a protective order violation. The complainant told the deputy that Garland Cottingham, 33, was at the residence which violated a protective order. He left the residence in the complainant’s car and was driving without a valid driver’s license.
The deputy located the car parked in the 300 block of Central Avenue in Reserve. The car was occupied by Cottingham and Casey Spies, 30. When the deputy approached the car, he saw Cottingham and Spies in possession hypodermic syringes filled with an unknown liquid. The deputy field tested the powder substance on spoons that were found on the floor of the car. The powder tested positive for heroin.
Garland Cottingham was arrested and booked with violation of protective orders, possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia, an outstanding warrant for St. Tammany Parish, and a violation of probation/parole. He remains in St. John custody in lieu of a $17,500 bond. Cottingham was arrested 26 times in St. John the Baptist Parish since December 2000.
Casey Spies was arrested and booked with possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. He remains in custody in lieu of a $14,000 bond. Spies was arrested 21 times in St. John the Baptist Parish since January 2003.