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The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office said one of its deputies did not plant drugs on a Black suspect after a viral video sparked outrage on social media this week.

The video allegedly showed a sheriff's deputy planting evidence on a suspect during an arrest in Bridge City on Monday, March 16.

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The video went viral after rapper Tip "T.I." Harris posted the clip on his Instagram page and told his 12 million followers:

"The Jefferson Parish PD planting crack on this Man... You should all be ashamed of yourselves,fired,& indicted!!! Listen to the pig at the end talking about "Your Phone Is Evidence!!!" Yeah you right... the evidence we need against YOU!!! Fuckin Dork!!!"

The video was viewed over 3 million times, leading to calls of police misconduct and threats of rioting.

But after an internal investigation, the JPSO determined the white baggie was indeed taken from the suspect's pocket, according to Nola.com.

During a press conference on Tuesday night, Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joseph Lopinto said his department found no wrongdoing.

"The drugs that were on the scene were previously confiscated from the suspect's pocket before that video started to play," Lopinto said.

Lopinto thanked the suspect, Dominique Griffin, 26, of Bridge City, who admitted he was in possession of the drugs, which tested positive for crystal methamphetamine.

Griffin told investigators the deputy did not plant the baggie on him, according to Lopinto.

"He understands the gravity of the situation with the accusations that were being made," Lopinto said of Griffin.

Griffin was booked on two counts of drug possession.
 


 

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Former Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum was caught with his pants down - literally - at an alleged meth orgy with two men Thursday night.

According to a police report obtained by conservative activist Candace Owens, Gillum was arrested in a drug-filled hotel room with two other men last night in Miami Beach.

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According to the police report, Gillum, 40, was arrested in a Miami Beach hotel room with two other men in various stages of undress. Police responded to the location after one of the men overdosed on crystal meth.

The drugs were in three small baggies on the bed and the floor in full view of cops. One of the men told police that when he arrived at the hotel shortly after 11 p.m. Thursday, Gillum and the person having the medical issue were "inside the room under the influence of an unknown substance."

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The police observed Gillum, who was partially undressed, in a bathroom vomiting. He was unable to communicate with officers due to his level of inebriation.

Gillum confirmed he was the man in the police report. The failed gubernatorial candidate released a statement on Friday, calling his arrest a "distraction".

"I was in Miami last night for a wedding celebration when first responders were called to assist one of my friends. While I had too much to drink, I want to be clear that I have never used methamphetamines. I apologize to the people of Florida for the distraction this has caused our movement."

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Gillum, who is married, added that he will spend "the next few weeks" with his family and asked for privacy during this embarrassing time.

Gillum and his wife of 11 years, R. Jai Howard, have three children. Gillum, a Democrat, served as the 126th Mayor of Tallahassee from 2014 to 2018.

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Rapper Trick Daddy was arrested on DUI and cocaine possession charges in Miami, Florida early Saturday.

According to an arrest affidavit, Trick Daddy, 45, was taken into custody by a Miami-Dade police officer responding to a report of a driver running red lights and hitting street signs in a Range Rover.

When the officer approached the driver's side, he noticed the driver "appeared to be asleep behind the wheel."

The cop awakened the driver by banging on the car window. The man, identified by his driver's license as Maurice Samuel Young, told the officer he had left a nightclub in Miami Gardens.

The affidavit stated that Young told the officer he had about five drinks before he left the club and that he was dropping someone off before heading home.

The cop noted Young's slurred speech, bloodshot, watery eyes, and a strong odor of alcohol on his breath.

Young failed a field sobriety test, which he did not complete, according to the affidavit.

A search of his belongings at the Hammocks District Station on 142nd Avenue yielded a small amount of cocaine inside a dollar bill.

The "Take It to da House" rapper was also wanted on an outstanding warrant for driving under the influence.

He was booked into the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional center around 7:30 a.m. Saturday, according to Yahoo News.

His bond was set at $5,000 on the cocaine possession charge and $1,000 on the DUI charge, according to Yahoo News.

Trick Daddy, a native of Miami's Liberty City neighborhood, is best known for his hit song "Naan Nigga", featuring Miami rapper Trina (1998). They currently appear in the VH1 reality TV series Love and Hip-Hop: Miami.

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