NPSO deputies intercept 100-hits of suspected LSD; seize AK-47 rifle

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Two Vernon Parish men traveling from Lincoln Parish were arrested by Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies on felony drug and weapon charges during a traffic stop around 11 p.m. Wednesday. NPSO Special Task Impact Patrol deputies stopped a 2016 Ford Fusion on US-71 in Campti for a traffic violation.

Deputies identified the operator of the vehicle as Calvin D. Howze, 21, of Leesville.

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A passenger was identified as Seth M. Stevison, 20, of Leesville.

During the traffic stop, deputies observed what appeared to be marijuana gleanings in the front passenger compartment and an AK-47 rifle in plain view on the rear seat near a black box.

Deputies also observed that both occupants appeared to be nervous, leading them to believe criminal activity existed.

Deputies obtained permission to search the vehicle.

During the search they discovered 100-hits of suspected LSD and an AK-47 rifle.

LSD is a mind-altering drug. Both suspects were arrested without incident.

Howze, of the 100 block of Kimberly Drive, Leesville, was charged with Possession of CDS Schedule I LSD with Intent to Distribute and Illegal Possession of a Firearm during a Felony Narcotics Offense.

Bond was set at $50,000.

Stevinson, of the 200 block of Burns Road, Leesville, is charged with Possession of CDS I LSD with Intent to Distribute.

Bond was set at $40,000.

The seized evidence will be submitted to the crime lab for narcotics analysis.

The estimated street value of the narcotics is approximately $2,500-3,000.

Deputies believe the illegal narcotics were being transported from Lincoln Parish through Natchitoches Parish to Vernon Parish for distribution purposes.