Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a south Louisiana man on felony drug charges during a traffic stop on Interstate-49. NPSO deputies were working a special detail, on I-49 just south of Natchitoches May 23 at 8:16 pm. They stopped a 2015 Chevrolet Impala traveling southbound, speeding 94 mph in a 75 mph zone.
The operator was identified as Tedmund Joseph Tardo Jr., 21, of Springfield.
While speaking with Tardo and issuing a citation for the speeding offense, they smelled a marijuana odor coming from the vehicle. Tardo he said he had a handgun on the backseat and removed an electronic cigarette from his pocket containing suspected THC oil.
During a search of the vehicle based on probable cause, deputies seized 22 packages of suspected kush marijuana, nine jars of suspected kush marijuana, two THC cereal edible snacks, one container containing approximately 6.7 ounces of suspected cannabis syrup, twelve plastic containers containing various weight amounts of suspected kush marijuana, three glass jars containing suspected THC wax, five suspected THC oil cartridges, 336 bottles of THC oil infused drinks with a total THC content of 60 grams of pure THC oil and a loaded FN 9mm semi-automatic handgun with laser sights.
The evidence will be submitted to the crime lab for narcotics analysis.
Tardo Jr.,was charged with Possession of CDS Schedule I Marijuana with Intent to Distribute and Illegal Possession of a Firearm during a Felony Narcotics Offense.
Tardo was released on a $6500 bond set by a 10th Judicial District Court Judge May 24, pending a court appearance.
Involved in the arrest were Deputy D. Caballero assisted by Deputy E. Mogridge and members of the Natchitoches Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force.