Over $500 in meth confiscated during traffic stop

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Source: NPSO

NPSO deputies were patrolling on La. Hwy 6 West near Hagewood when they stopped a 2002 Harley Davidson motorcycle for a traffic violation Tuesday, Nov. 24 at approximately 8:10 p.m.

Deputies identified the operator of the motorcycle as Daniel H. Morton, 36, of Natchitoches.

Deputies learned during a vehicle registration check that the license plate on the motorcycle was a switched plate.

Deputies noticed Morton was extremely uneasy leading them to believe criminal activity existed.

Based on Morton’s behavior, deputies conducted a pat-down for officer safety and  discovered a knife and felt an object in his pocket.

DANIEL MORTON EVIDENCE
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Deputies say when Morton was asked about the item in his pocket he replied, “something I shouldn’t have.”

Morton removed a plastic bag from his pocket containing approximately 13.6 grams of suspected methamphetamine with a street value over $500 and handed it to the deputy.

Morton was placed under arrest without incident.

Daniel Howard Morton, 36, of the 100 block of Royal Street, is charged with Possession of CDS Schedule II Methamphetamine, Switched License Plate and other traffic offenses.

He remains in the Natchitoches Detention Center awaiting bond.

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

The motorcycle was impounded by a local wrecker service.

Deputy A. Llorence made the arrest assisted by Lt. M. Wilson.