Reckless operation complaints lead to seizure of weapons, ammo

The Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office received multiple complaints in reference to a vehicle operating in a reckless manner Dec. 1. The complaints advised that the vehicle was driving at a high rate of speed and running other vehicles off the road. The vehicle in question was eventually located near the intersection of South Drive and Woodyard Drive by agents with the Natchitoches Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force (NMJDTF).

Agents stopped the vehicle for the complaint. Upon contact with the driver, Jeremy Vines, 24, w/m, of Winnfield was advised of the complaint.

During the traffic stop investigation, Vines admitted that he was concealing a .22 caliber Derringer in his pocket, which was secured by agents for safety. Vines did not have a concealed carry permit for the weapon.  As the investigation continued, Agents gained consent to search Vines’ vehicle. While searching the vehicle, agents located a 20 gauge sawed off shotgun, several boxes of shotgun, .223 caliber, .45 caliber and 22 caliber ammunition.
Vines was subsequently arrested for the following charges:
• RS 32:79 Left of center
• RS 40:1785 Possession of an llegal weapon
• RS 14:95 Illegal carrying of a weapon
Vines was placed into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center with a return court date of Feb. 18, 2021.
The Natchitoches Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force would like to thank the Citizens of Natchitoches for their support.  Many times an investigation begins with a simple phone call or tip from a concerned citizen.  For this reason the Task Force encourages all citizens to report any crimes in their neighborhoods anonymously by calling 318-357-2248, The Natchitoches Police Department, or the Natchitoches Parish Sheriffs Office.