Two New Iberia men were arrested on gun and drug charges when they were disovered with an arsenal in a vehicle at a candlelight vigil Monday night.
According to an Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman, Derrick Adams arrested for multiple charges including possession of a firearm in a firearm free zone and possession of schedule III narcotics. A passenger in his vehicle, Tremaine Lewis, was arrested for possession of a firearm in a firearm free zone.
Deputies were dispatched after receiving reports of a man carrying a rifle near the intersection of Mississippi and Cletus streets, where a large crowd had gathered for a candlelight vigil for victims of recent shootings. When deputies approached a group near a vehicle parked in the roadway there, the subjects walked away. Inside the vehicle, in plain sight, deputies found two AR-15 rifles, an AK-47 rifle with the stock removed and a .22-caliber revolver.
Adams was identified as the individual walking in the area with a rifle during the vigil.
Deputies learned the vehicle belonged to Adams. Further investigation revealed illegal narcotics and more than 200 rounds of ammunition in the vehicle.