Springhill man jailed on gambling, drug charges

Burkely
Burkely

SPRINGHILL — Police arrested a man on several warrants after they reportedly told him he could come pick up his car.

The North Webster Narcotics Task Force arrested Dionta Joseph Burkely, 22, of the 500 block of Shady Oak in Springhill, on warrants for flight from an officer, gambling, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of Schedule I CDS (marijuana) with intent to distribute and possession of Schedule II CDS (ecstasy) with intent to distribute. Bond was set at $190,000.

Springhill Police Chief Will Lynd says Burkley called the Springhill Police Department asking if he could come pick up his car.

“He called wanting to get his vehicle back because we seized it,” he said. “We told him to come up there and get it, and that’s when we placed him under arrest. Burkely has been arrested for distribution before, and he’s on probation already. He has an extensive criminal history.”

Lynd says in December, Burkely was caught playing dice in town and ran from police, leaving his car with the engine running. When officers searched the vehicle, they discovered scales and large amounts of suspected marijuana and pills believed to be ecstasy, he said.

Lynd says the City of Springhill has an ordinance on the books which prohibits gambling in public within its corporate limits.

Burkely was booked at police headquarters and transported to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.

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