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Bastrop Daily Enterprise - Bastrop, LA
  • Two arrested for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute

  • Two Leesville residents have been arrested by the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office after officials found over 12 ounces of cocaine in a vehicle following a traffic stop.
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  • Two Leesville residents have been arrested by the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office after officials found over 12 ounces of cocaine in a vehicle following a traffic stop.
    Dewayne Green, 27, was charged on Jan. 26 with possession of crack cocaine with the intent to distribute, possession of cocaine over 200 grams, criminal conspiracy to distribute cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and cruelty to juveniles, and was also sited for failure to signal, improper display of a license plate, speeding, and no child restraints. Rynita Smith, 23, was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, criminal conspiracy to distribute cocaine, possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute, possession of cocaine in excess of 200 grams, cruelty to a juvenile, and introduction of contraband into a correctional facility.
    According to the VPSO, detectives with the Vernon Narcotics Task Force criminal patrol division initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle at the intersection of Brown Ritter Loop and La. 464. During the stop, Green, the driver, consented to a search of his vehicle, in which drug paraphernalia was discovered.
    Smith, a passenger in the car, was found to have an outstanding warrant for possession of marijuana. Smith, along with her 5-year-old daughter, were transported to the VPSO, where a subsequent search of her person led to the discovery of 12 ounces of powder cocaine, which she had attempted to conceal. The 12 ounces of cocaine had a street value of $85,000.
    During the course of the investigation, Green stated that he and Smith had traveled to Texas earlier in the day and purchased the cocaine, and were traveling back to the Leesville area with the intention of distributing the drugs. Green and Smith consented to a search of their residence, where detectives drug paraphernalia and a quantity of crack cocaine.
    Green's bond was set at $82,000, and Smith's at $85,000; both remain in the parish jail. Smith's child was released in the custody of a relative. 
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