A recent traffic stop in Cloutierville has led to the recovery of a vehicle reported stolen to Natchitoches Police and the seizure of illegal narcotics according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Stuart Wright.
On Wednesday, Nov. 18 at approximately 3:15 p.m. deputies stopped a 2018 Nissan Sentra in the 200 block of La. Hwy 495 (Main Street) for a traffic violation.
The operator was identified as Cayla Lenea Carter, 42, of Cloutierville.
A passenger was also in the vehicle.
During the traffic stop, deputies smelled a marijuana smoke odor coming from within the vehicle and learned the vehicle was registered to a rental agency.
The vehicle had heavy damage to the front and rear and had been observed in the Cloutierville area for several months.
Deputies contacted the rental agency and learned the vehicle had been rented by an individual in April, but not returned. It had been reported stolen to Natchitoches Police Detectives.
Deputies detained both occupants. During a search of the vehicle, deputies discovered suspected methamphetamine and suspected synthetic marijuana.
Carter responded that all of the drugs in the car belonged to her.
Carter pulled into the yard of this residence where she resides just prior to the stop.
As the investigation progressed, deputies developed additional information of illegal narcotics activity occurring inside the residence at 293 La. Hwy 495 in Cloutierville.
Deputies requested assistance from Natchitoches Multi-Jurisidictional Drug Task Force Agents who responded to assist at the scene.
Natchitoches Police Detectives also responded.
A wrecker was contacted to store the vehicle per request of the rental agency.
Drug Task Force Agents obtained a search warrant signed by a 10th Judicial District Court Judge to search the residence and premises for any illegal narcotics or weapons pertaining to the investigation.
During that search, deputies and task force agents seized approximately 3.7 ounces of suspected synthetic marijuana (Mojo) with a potential street value of approximately $1,025, weighing scales and drug paraphernalia commonly used for the consumption of methamphetamine and marijuana.
Deputies say during the course of their law enforcement duties, they have observed individuals under the influence of synthetic marijuana (Mojo) experience hallucinogenic, bizarre and erratic behaviors.
“Mojo” is another name for a group of drugs marketed as synthetic marijuana, also sold as “Spice,” “K2” and “Scooby Snax” and belongs to a relatively new group known as “synthetic cannabinoids” or “new psychoactive substances.” Synthetic cannabinoids, or “mojo” is made of natural herbs or plant matter, which are then sprayed with synthetic chemicals that are supposed mimic the effects of real marijuana when they are ingested or inhaled. Because of the term “synthetic” many people, including first-time users, are fooled into thinking that synthetic marijuana is not as harmful or dangerous as the real thing. In fact, “Mojo” and other synthetic cannabinoids are often sold as a “legal alternative to marijuana” and are packaged in brightly colored wrappers similar to children’s candy. In actuality, this synthetic drug produces effects that are much stronger than marijuana, often more unpredictable and in some cases life-threatening.
“Mojo” and other synthetic cannabinoids produce severe agitation, paranoia, and anxiety, along with an increased heart rate and high blood pressure. Other signs that a person has ingested “Mojo” could include nausea, vomiting, seizures, muscle spasms, and tremors, coupled with intense hallucinations. Psychotic episodes and both suicidal and homicidal fixations are not rare in users under the influence of these drugs. Cases have been reported in which a user was reduced to a psychotic state after using “Mojo” and other synthetic cannabinoids only once. The drug has caused mental illnesses similar to schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, and ADHD in some users.
The withdrawal symptoms can be particularly severe.
Carter, is charged with 1-Count of Possession of CDS I Synthetic Marijuana, 1-count Possession of CDS I Synthetic Marijuana with Intent to Distribute, 1-Count of Possession of CDS II Methamphetamine, 2-Counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, 1-Count of Unauthorized Use of a Moveable and traffic charges.
Carter remains in the Natchitoches Detention Center awaiting bond.
Other arrests are possible as the investigation progresses according to NMJDTF Agents.
The seized narcotics will be submitted to the crime lab for analysis.
NPSO Deputies, Natchitoches Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force Agents, and Natchitoches Police were all involved in the investigation and arrest.