E. Baton Rouge Parish suspect arrested

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A traffic stop on Friday afternoon by Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies and Natchitoches Multi-Jurisdiction Drug Task Force Agents led to the arrest of a Baton Rouge man wanted by the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office for Domestic Abuse Battery and seizure of a firearm and illegal narcotics according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Stuart Wright.

On Friday afternoon November 20 at approximately 2:46pm, Deputies assigned to the NPSO Patrol Division Bureau stopped a 2009 Hyundai Genesis on La. Hwy 6 East near Grand Ecore for a traffic violation.

Deputies identified the operator of the vehicle as 32-year-old Ferdinand O. Phillip of Baton Rouge, La.

PHILLIP EVIDENCE

During the traffic stop, deputies smelled a strong marijuana smoke odor coming from within the vehicle and learned Phillip’s drivers license was suspended in addition to be wanted by the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office for Domestic Abuse Battery.

Natchitoches Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force Agents and Louisiana State Police responded to assist.

NATCOM 911 Center confirmed the warrant being active since October 16, 2020.

Phillip was arrested without incident.

A search of Phillip’s person led to the recovery and seizure of approximately 6 grams of suspected marijuana and a loaded handgun clip containing .40 caliber rounds in the waistband of his underwear.

During a search of the vehicle, agents seized a loaded Springfield .40 semi-automatic handgun, two suspected ecstasy tablets and a small amount of suspected marijuana.

Phillips was convicted of a felony narcotics offense in 2018.

PHILLIP ARREST

Ferdinand O. Phillip, 32, of Baton Rouge, La. was transported and booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with 2-Counts of Possession of CDS I Marijuana, 1-Count of Possession of MDMA Ecstasy, 1-Count of Illegal Possession of a Firearm During a Narcotics Offense, 1-Count of Illegal Possession of a Firearm by a Person Convicted of a Felony, Driving Under Suspension and East Baton Rouge Parish Want-Domestic Abuse Battery.

Phillip remains in the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center awaiting bond on Natchitoches Parish charges then transportation to East Baton Rouge Parish on their outstanding warrant.

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

The vehicle was impounded by a local wrecker service until it can be released to an authorized person.

Phillips told deputies his reason for being in this area was he had been working a shutdown and was traveling back home.

Deputy E. Modridge was assisted by Natchitoches Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force Agents, NPSO CID Detectives and Louisiana State Police.