Twenty-four year old Kristen Gail Taylor, a resident of Debbie Lane off of Highway 438, was arrested on Saturday (June 12, 2021) and booked into the Washington Parish Jail on charges of possession of illegal drugs with intent to distribute, possession of illegal drugs and a traffic offense.
While on criminal patrol north of Franklinton, a Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office patrol deputy observed Taylor committing a traffic offense and stopped her. During the encounter, the deputy noticed a strong smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Upon questioning Taylor, he learned that she was in possession of illegal drugs. A search of her vehicle revealed a large quantity of marijuana. Taylor reportedly admitted she received the marijuana in the mail from California and that she had already sold a half pound.
“This arrest is an example of good pro-active law enforcement,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “While our patrol deputies are driving throughout the parish, they are always on the lookout for illegal activity. In this case, what started as a simple traffic offense developed into a good drug arrest. I’m so pleased we could get this marijuana out of our community before she sold any more.