On Saturday, Oct. 18, around 2:20 a.m., an Orange County Sheriff’s patrol deputy on patrol in the area of Tulane Road and Avenue B in Orange, stopped a maroon 2007 Chrysler minivan for defective equipment.

As the deputy made contact with the driver, who was the sole occupant, he noticed the man was overly nervous. The deputy had the driver exit his vehicle and obtained consent to search the man’s vehicle and person. The deputy found numerous small plastic baggies used to divide drugs into smaller amounts for distribution. The deputy also located approximately 5.3 grams of crystal methamphetamine hidden inside the vehicle.   

The driver, identified as 45 year old Jimmy Oathoudt, of Orange, was placed under arrest for possession/delivery of a controlled substance, a 1st degree felony. He was transported to the Orange County Jail where he was arraigned later that same morning, and his bond was set by Justice of the Peace Precinct 3 Judge Janice Menard at $5,000.00.

Oathoudt was released once he was able to make bond around 10:45 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18.