If Brigum “Zach” Bell doesn’t run afoul of the law before he completes the program the case will go away.
At the time of his September 2011 arrest he was on probation from a drug case in Eunice City Court.
He had pleaded no contest to charges of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was fined $564, given six months in jail, suspended, put on probation for one year, ordered to do 10 days of community service and to attend a substance abuse evaluation.
Available records do not indicate whether Bell’s city probation was revoked, nor do they indicate whether the DA’s Office was aware of the city conviction.
Bell, 20, was arrested in September after allegedly negotiating a drug sale with Eunice narcotics officers.
The officers, according to court records, were told by a confidential informant that he could purchase marijuana from a white male known as Zach.
The next day, records show, a buy was arranged to take place on West Laurel.
That fell through when a traffic stop nearby allegedly spooked Bell.
Subsequently, Bell arranged to sell the dope at LSUE, but an off-campus site was negotiated to avoid the possibility of on-campus violence, police said at the time.
Bell later met with the CI and sold the marijuana at the alternative site.
Case files show recording equipment worn by the informant malfunctioned.
A woman in the car with Bell at the time of the alleged sale said she had no knowledge of the deal and was not arrested.
The car was a 2011 Nissan Juke, seized by the Eunice police but later ordered returned to Bell, who told the court at lineup that he was indigent.
Police at the time of the arrest said Bell paid cash for the Juke.
According to case records, Bell allegedly told detectives he sold marijuana a few times to persons at LSUE and had been evicted from Bengal Village, a non-university managed student housing complex, for having marijuana there.