A short vehicle pursuit led to the arrest of a Natchitoches man on felony drug charges. NPSO Special Task Impact Patrol Unit deputies attempted to stop a 2002 GMC Yukon on La. Hwy 3175 (North Natchitoches Bypass) for a traffic violation Tuesday, May 26 at 11:30 p.m.
The operator of the vehicle failed to stop leading deputies along the North Natchitoches Bypass on a short pursuit before losing control, leaving the road and coming to a rest in a ditch.
The operator, Richard J. Stampley III, 26, of Natchitoches was arrested without incident. Stampley is on parole due to prior felony convictions in Natchitoches Parish. Upon coming in contact with him, deputies smelled a strong marijuana odor.
During a search of the vehicle, deputies seized a bag containing suspected marijuana, a partially burned marijuana blunt and another package containing 109 suspected ecstasy tablets.
The narcotics have a potential street value of approximately $1,100.
Several drug arrests recently have resulted in the seizure of suspected ecstasy according to Sheriff-elect Stuart Wright.
Ecstasy (MDMA) is a synthetic, psychoactive drug chemically similar to the stimulant methamphetamine and the hallucinogen mescaline.
Stampley, of the 100 block of Mary Drive, was charged with Possession of CDS I Ecstasy with Intent to Distribute, Possession of CDS Schedule I Marijuana-2nd or Subsequent Offenses, Resisting an Officer by Flight, Reckless Operation of a Vehicle, Parole Violation and traffic offenses.
Deputies believe the narcotics were intended for distribution in the Natchitoches area.
Natchitoches Multi-jurisdictional Drug Task Force Agents assisted in the investigation following the arrest.
Stampley remains in the Natchitoches Detention Center.
The evidence will be submitted to the crime lab for narcotics analysis.