New Orleans Looter Evacuates To Panama City Beach And Was Arrested

We are all familiar with the Hurricane Katrina video of people looting stores, stealing whatever they could find.

Panama City Beach Police have arrested one of those looters with $15,000 worth of drugs he looted from a drug store.

Like many evacuees Joseph Durkin was welcomes into Bay County with open arms, even given a place to eat and sleep for free.. But Beach Police say it was all a front to sell the stolen drugs.

Durkin was arrested early Wednesday in the Long Beach area. He had all of the stolen drugs with him at the time, along with $500 in cash.

Police here were able to trace the drugs back to the looted pharmacy in New Orleans.

Durkin faces about a half dozen narcotics related charges and will have a first appearance in Bay County Court on Thursday.


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