Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a Rapides Parish man on traffic and felony drug charges that resulted in the seizure of illegal narcotics during a traffic stop on Interstate-49 Saturday, March 23. Sgt. J. Roberts of the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office was patrolling on I-49 just south of Natchitoches around 4 p.m. when he clocked a 2011 Buick Enclave traveling northbound, speeding 88 MPH in a posted 75 MPH speed zone.
Deputies identified the operator of the vehicle as Devin Hinkston, 28, of Alexandria.
During the traffic stop, deputies learned Hinkson’s drivers license was suspended and he had a prior criminal history in Rapides Parish.
Deputies say Hinkston appeared very nervous and began to sweat profusely leading them to believe criminal activity existed.
Deputies also observed suspected drug paraphernalia in plain view.
Additional deputies responded to assist including NMJDTF Criminal Patrol Deputy C. Campbell and his narcotics detection K-9 Misty.
During a walk around of the vehicle, Misty alerted to the vehicle for the presence of narcotics.
A search led to the seizure of approximately 4 grams of suspected synthetic marijuana, a pack of rolling papers and 53 suspected Tramadol narcotic tablets.
During a search of Hinkston’s person, deputies discovered a pack containing four tramadol narcotic tablets concealed in his underwear.
The seized narcotics will submitted to the crime lab for analysis and identification for criminal court proceedings.
Hinkston, 28, of the 3600 block of Orangefield Drive, Alexandria, was charged with Possession of CDS Schedule I Marijuana, Possession of CDS Schedule IV Tramadol with Intent to Distribute, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Criminal Obstruction of Justice after he attempted to hide evidence from deputies.
Hinkston remains in the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center with bond set by a Tenth Judicial District Court Judge at $22,500.
Deputies say while interviewing Hinkston he confessed to the ownership of the seized narcotics.
Hinkston was traveling from Alexandria to Mesquite, Texas.
Involved in the arrest were Sgt. J. Roberts assisted by Deputy D. Cabellero, Deputy C. Campbell and his drug detection K-9 Misty.