Violation of Saggy Pants Ordinance Helps Land Teen Behind Bars

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By Samantha Morgan, NBC33, Courtesy CNN

THIBODAUX, La. — A Thibodaux teen is facing charges for disobeying the Saggy Pants Ordinance. Although that’s not enough to land him behind bars, the stolen handgun and bags of marijuana he had in those pants, were.

The Thibodeaux Police Department reports that the teen was spotted by an officer at around midnight on Wednesday, July 11, which was past the imposed curfew for that area. The teen was allegedly walking in the middle of the roadway with his underwear showing.

The officer made contact because the 16 year old male was obstructing the roadway, and he reportedly requested for the teen to put his hands up and out of his saggy pants. The officer says the teen did not comply after several requests, so he then conducted a pat down. That’s when the officer discovered a small caliber handgun and five bags of suspected marijuana.

Officials say the teen attempted to run from the officer after the handgun and drugs were located. However, he was quickly apprehended without injury.

We’re told the handgun had been reported stolen by the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office.

The juvenile was transported to the Juvenile Justice Center and was booked for Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Obstruction of a Public Roadway, Illegal Carrying of a Concealed Firearm, Illegal Carrying of a Firearm in the Presence of Illegal Narcotics, Resisting an Officer, Curfew Violation, and Saggy Pants Ordinance.

“It’s an issue with juveniles today having their pants really low,” Detective David Melancon, Thibodaux Police Department, said when explaining why the teen was charged with violation of the Saggy Pants Ordinance. “I know people don’t want to see that when they’re driving down the road. This is a family town and we just don’t want that.”