Campti man arrested for Legend Drug and Obstruction charges.

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NMJDTF RELEASE

Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office (IMPACT) team deputies stopped a white 2015 Chevrolet Malibu June 21 for a traffic violation on Hwy 6 East near Tauzin Island Road. The driver was identified as Jacquarious Ardison, 24, of the 100 block of Kemp St., Campti.

Ardison’s driver’s license was suspended.

NPSO K9, Misty, was utilized during the stop and gave a positive odor alert on the vehicle.

During the search, deputies located 12 pints of Promethazine in the trunk of the vehicle at which time Ardison broke his flip phone by snapping it in half.

Due to breaking the phone, which could have been used in the post arrest investigation, Ardison was placed under arrest and charged with the following:

  • Prescription required to possess a Legend Drug (Promethazine)
  • Obstruction of justice
  • Improper lane usage
  • Driving under suspension

Ardison was placed into the NPDC awaiting a bond.

JACQUARIOUS ARDISON EVIDENCE. NMJDTF PHOTO

According to NMJDTF officials, there has been a rise in street sales of Promethazine syrup due to it being easier to obtain and less expensive than the Schedule V CDS -Promethazine w/codeine, also known as “lean.” Promethazine abuse is frequent in patients struggling with coexisting addictions. Opioids, Promethazine and abuse are highly correlated. Methadone use for opioid addiction treatment is linked to Promethazine abuse. The Antihistamine strengthens the Opioid “high.” The enhancing ability makes the drug popular among people with an addiction disorder. Promethazine abuse is common among injection drug users, patients with chronic pain and at-risk teenagers. Sadly, people without prior drug disorders are becoming addicted to Promethazine as well.