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July 15, 2019

WPSO Makes Drug Arrest on Highway 10

Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office patrol deputy Norman Taylor was driving east on Highway 10
near Franklinton when he observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed. Deputy Taylor made a traffic stop near the Lawrence Creek Bridge, and upon his  approach to the driver’s side window, Deputy Taylor detected a strong smell of marijuana. When questioned, the female driver admitted that she had smoked marijuana recently.

A search of the vehicle revealed a quantity of marijuana, a digital scale, clear baggies which are commonly used to distribute illegal drugs, an open bottle of alcohol and a 9 mm semi-automatic pistol which was fully loaded. A further search of the driver’s purse revealed a quantity of illegal pills.

The driver, Kelsey Morgan Lewis, age 23 and a resident of Avenue E in Bogalusa, was arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute illegal drugs, possession of illegal drugs, possession of controlled dangerous substances with a weapon present and having an open container in her vehicle. She remains in jail with her bond set at $30,000.

“Another example of an alert patrol deputy,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “When our officers stop someone for speeding, they never know what the outcome will be. Thanks, Deputy Taylor, for a job well done.”

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