A St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's criminal patrol deputy with the 4th District was patrolling on Louisiana Highway 21 in Bush when he observed a black Chevrolet Colorado crossing the center line and conducted a traffic stop. The driver, David Stucker, told the deputy he was on his way to Covington, but provided conflicting information. Stucker consented to a search of the truck and suspected fentanyl and other illicit drugs were located concealed within a backpack behind the front driver’s seat. In all, 66 blue pills which were disguised as oxycodone but suspected to be counterfeit pills containing fentanyl, 4 grams of suspected fentanyl powder, 2 grams of suspected methamphetamine and 40 grams of suspected marijuana were seized.
Stucker was arrested and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Correctional Center on the charges of Possession of Schedule II w/ Intent to Distribute (Felony) – Fentanyl, Possession of Schedule II (Felony) – Methamphetamine, Possession of Schedule I (Misdemeanor) – Marijuana, and Improper Lane Use (Misdemeanor). Bond was set at $25,000.00.
“Fentanyl is a very dangerous drug and it is no secret that it is in our community,” Sheriff Randy Smith said. “When you purchase drugs off the street, you do not know truly what you are getting, and even a small trace of fentanyl can be deadly. The only safe drugs are those that are purchased from a pharmacy and used as prescribed by a doctor.”