SHERIFF’S OFFICE MAKES DRUG ARREST ON HIGHWAY 10
Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office patrol deputy Norman Taylor was driving east on Highway 10 near Franklinton when he observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed. Deputy Taylor made a traffic stop near the Lawrence Creek Bridge, and upon his approach to the driver’s side window, he detected a strong smell of marijuana. When questioned, the female driver admitted that she had smoked marijuana recently.
A search of the vehicle revealed a quantity of marijuana, a digital scale, clear baggies which are commonly used to distribute illegal drugs, an open bottle of alcohol and a 9 mm semi-automatic pistol which was fully loaded. A further search of the driver’s purse revealed a quantity of illegal pills.
The driver, Kelsey Morgan Lewis, 23, a resident of Avenue E in Bogalusa, was arrested and transported to the Washington Parish Jail where she was booked on charges of possession with intent to distribute illegal drugs, possession of illegal drugs, possession of controlled dangerous substances with a weapon present and having an open container in her vehicle. She remains in jail with her bond set at $30,000.
“Another example of an alert patrol deputy,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “When our officers stop someone for speeding, they never know what the outcome will be. Thanks, Deputy Taylor, for a job well done.”