Police in Orange arrested 22-year-old Joel Sonnier after a call regarding a disturbance reportedly led officers to discover drugs and drug paraphernalia in the man's possession.
Dispatch at the Orange Police Department received the call regarding a disturbance in an apartment located in the complex at 1010 S. Hwy. 87 in Orange at approximately 1:50 p.m. on Monday, March 18. OPD Officer Jareb Logan reported he was patrolling at the time of the call and volunteered to assist officers en route to the scene. Upon arrival, the officer reported he saw the man allegedly causing the disturbance, Sonnier, standing outside the apartment. According to Logan's report, he made contact with the suspect and "immediately observed Sonnier was under the influence of some dangerous drug or narcotic." He described the suspect as being "very uncooperative and evasive" when answering the officer's questions. He also reportedly observed Sonnier was "shaking uncontrollably" and appeared to be under the influence of methamphetamine. When police questioned Sonnier about being under the influence, Logan reported the man responded that he had taken "methamphetamines, heroin, ecstasy, marijuana and Dilaudud." At that time, the man was taken into custody for public intoxication.
Once in custody, police searched Sonnier and reportedly found two glass pipes, one believed to have been used for marijuana and the other for methamphetamine. Police also located two syringes, one empty and one loaded with an unknown substance, according to the report. When asked by police, Sonnier allegedly said the syringe contained Winstrol, classified as a steroid by Officer Logan. He would not tell the police where he got the drugs.
Sonnier was arrested for public intoxication, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance. He was then transported to the Orange County Jail.