A Natchitoches man and woman were arrested in North Natchitoches Parish on felony drug charges that resulted in the seizure of methamphetamine, marijuana and ecstasy Sunday, May 10.
NPSO Special Task Impact Patrol deputies were in the area of Campti Bayou and Dufrene Roads north of Campti around 8:40 p.m. due to citizen complaints of suspicious activity when they observed a white Cadillac Escalade parked off the road behind Lakeview School.
When deputies pulled up to investigate, the driver suddenly pulled off.
Shortly thereafter, deputies stopped the Escalade on Huffman Road for a traffic violation.
Deputies identified the operator of the vehicle as Ociedrick L. Charles, 44, of Natchitoches.
During the traffic stop, deputies observed alcoholic beverage containers and smelled a strong marijuana odor within the vehicle.
Charles appeared very nervous. He reached into the vehicle, grabbed a vodka bottle and threw it on the ground.
Deputies learned Charles’ driver’s license was suspended.
A passenger was identified as Tonia Scott, 42, of Natchitoches.
Both were on parole or probation due to prior felony convictions.
Deputies say when they asked Charles and Scott what were they doing in the area, they responded they were visiting and hiding because it was Mother’s Day.
During a search of the vehicle, deputies seized approximately 7-grams of suspected methamphetamine, 12-grams of suspected marijuana (kush), suspected ecstasy tabs and drug paraphernalia.
Charles, of the 800 block of Brewton Street, is charged with Possession of CDS I Marijuana with Intent to Distribute, Possession of CDS II Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute, 2nd of Subsequent Offenses, Possession of CDS I Ecstasy, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverages, Criminal Obstruction of Justice, Littering, Parole Violation, Driving under Suspension and traffic violations.
Scott, of the 300 block of Miller Creek Road, is charged with Possession of CDS I Marijuana, Possession of CDS II Methamphetamine, 2nd or Subsequent Offenses, Possession of Alcoholic Beverages, and Probation Violation.
Both remain in the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center.
The seized evidence will be submitted to the crime lab for narcotics analysis.
Natchitoches Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force Agents assisted in investigation following the arrests.
The vehicle was impounded.