NPSO deputies assigned to the Special Impact Patrol Unit were in the Hagewood area when they stopped a 2011 Dodge pickup truck on La. Hwy 6 West for a traffic violation Friday, April 24 at 10:45 p.m. Deputies identified the operator of the vehicle as Brian Keith Lynch, 41, of Natchitoches.
Deputies say while speaking with Lynch, they smelled and observed items in plain view commonly associated in the manufacturing of illegal narcotics. Deputies conducted a search of the vehicle and discovered nine bags of suspected powder cocaine weighing approximately 3.6 ounces, two bags containing approximately 26.6 grams of suspected crack cocaine, a weighing scale, baking soda, packaging materials and containers commonly used to manufacture crack cocaine. The seized evidence has a potential street value of approximately $13,000.
Deputies also conducted a search of Lynch’s person and seized two bundles of cash amounting to $3,813 and a bag containing approximately 3 grams of suspected marijuana. The seized currency is being turned over to the Natchitoches District Attorney’s Office for Asset Forfeiture proceedings in the Tenth Judicial District Court.
Lynch, of the 100 block of Stellie Road, is charged with 2-counts of Possession of CDS Schedule II Cocaine with Intent to Distribute, 1-count of Possession of CDS Schedule I Marijuana with Intent to Distribute, 2nd or Subsequent Narcotics Offenses, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Open Container, Manufacturing of CDS Schedule II Crack Cocaine and traffic offenses.
Natchitoches Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force Agents were summoned and joined in the investigation shortly after the arrest. Agents and STIP Units executed a search warrant signed by a judge at an apartment complex in Hagewood. During a search of the apartment, agents discovered evidence inside linking Lynch to the manufacture of crack cocaine.
Lynch was released on a $50,000 appearance bond Monday afternoon. Deputies believe the illegal narcotics were intended for distribution in Natchitoches Parish. The investigation is continuing by the Natchitoches Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force.
Sheriff Jones and Sheriff-elect Wright both stated deputies will continue to aggressively pursue illegal narcotics and criminal activity in Natchitoches Parish while the parish experiences unprecedented times involving COVID-19. Deputies are using assigned Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) to protect themselves and the public during the course of their duties.
The case will be turned over to the Natchitoches Parish District Attorney Billy Joe Harrington’s Office for prosecution.
If you observe criminal activity in your community contact the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office at 318-352-6432 or the Drug Task Force at 318-357-2248. It’s always a good practice to provide accurate descriptions and details of the suspicious activity.