Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies arrested an Alexandria man during a traffic stop on Interstate-49 just south of Natchitoches Saturday morning resulting in the seizure of almost 300 ecstasy pills. Deputies were patrolling on I-49 when they clocked a 2018 Nissan Altima traveling southbound at 90 miles per hour in a 75 mph speed zone Saturday, Nov. 17 at 10:45 a.m.
Deputies identified the operator of the vehicle as Steven Faulkner, 53, of the 3000 block of 6th Street, Alexandria. Deputies say while conducting a NLETS computer check, they learned Faulkner’s drivers license was suspended. Faulkner informed deputies that he didn’t know his license was suspended but acted uneasy and nervous leading deputies to believe criminal activity existed.
Deputies obtained permission to search Faulkner’s person and the vehicle. During a search of the vehicle, deputies discovered three cellophane bags containing approximately 298 ecstasy pills.
Faulkner was placed under arrest, transported and booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with Possession of CDS Schedule I Ecstasy with Intent to Distribute, Speeding 90/75 and Driving under Suspension.
The seized narcotics will be submitted to the crime lab for narcotics identification and analysis. Recent drug seizures of ecstasy has also shown the presence of methamphetamine. Faulkner remains in the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center with bond set at $10,000 by a Tenth Judicial District Court Judge. The vehicle was impounded.
Deputies say Faulkner was traveling from Texas to Alexandria and believe the intercepted narcotics was intended for distribution in Rapides Parish. Deputy D. Caballero was assisted by Deputy D. Sowell in the arrest.