What began as a routine traffic stop Thursday, escalated into a drug arrest for the Morehouse Parish Sheriff's Office.
According to the affidavit, agents observed a vehicle with expired temporary plates traveling north on South Washington. Agents stopped the vehicle and made contact with the driver.
“During the course of the investigation agents found cause to search the driver,” said Sheriff Mike Tubbs.
The affidavit stated the passenger, who was later identified as Kadeen Hunter, was asked to exit the vehicle and then patted down. The rear passenger was also searched.
“While patting them down, agent Morrison discovered the rear passenger had a large brown paper bag in his front pocket,” Tubbs said. “The bag contained marijuana and a plastic bag that was suspected to be cocaine.”
Hunter was then advised of his Miranda rights [ arrested,] the affidavit stated.
It went on to read the driver then gave consent to the agents to search his vehicle. In the back passenger area of the vehicle, agents located a small plastic bag containing synthetic marijuana. The driver of the vehicle, who's identify has not been made public, was issued a citation. Hunter was transported to the Morehouse Parish Jail, where, he was booked in on charges of possession of schedule 1 [marijuana] with intent to distribute and possession of schedule II [cocaine.]He received a bond of $15,000 for the possession of schedule 1 with intent and $15,000 for possession of schedule II. As of Friday, he remained in custody at the MPJ, due to a parole hold placed on him by the Rayville Police Department, where he served time for simple burglary, according to the affidavit.
“He could be transported back to Rayville, but not necessarily,” Tubbs said. “A lot of factors are considered in a parole or probation situation. He could end up in Angola or Collinston. I could end up housing him.”
Tubbs said it will now be up to the Louisiana Department of Corrections to decide Hunter's fait. The amount of illegal drugs in Hunter's possession Thursday was 111 grams of marijuana and 2.2 grams of cocaine, which valued at $680. The synthetic marijuana totaled 0.4 grams.
The MPSO agents who worked the case were Patrick Morrison, Jeff Philley, Lt. Scott Floyd, Kirt Robertson and Tommy Freeland.