NPSO Patrol Division deputies responded to reports of shots being fired on Sherry Circle in Campti Dec. 11 at 6:29 p.m.
Concerned residents told deputies they observed a male identified as “Sweat” exit a black Cadillac and fire several rounds from a handgun before leaving the area.
Deputies recognized the nickname as a person from prior law enforcement contacts as Gerald Smith, known to operate a black Cadillac residing in the Campti area.
They went to the 100 block of Adkins Street in Campti, where they observed a black 2004 Cadillac Deville parked and occupied by Gerald Smith, 33. While speaking with Smith about the complaint, he appeared very uneasy and began to move around suspiciously, leading them to believe criminal activity existed.
When asked for permission to check the vehicle Smith opened the door. Deputies observed a container of marijuana and a bottle containing several narcotic pills in plain view in the vehicle.
Smith then became uncooperative and began to walk up to the deputy searching the vehicle when the back-up deputy stopped him. A brief struggle ensued until Smith was taken into custody.
During a search of the vehicle, deputies seized nine suspected hydrocodone narcotics pills, a loaded Cobra .32 caliber semi-automatic pistol, eight pink packages containing 80-grams of synthetic marijuana commonly called “mo-jo”, and a Hi-Point .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun.
Deputies also seized six baggies containing marijuana on the ground where Smith was standing.
Smith was booked into the Natchitoches Detention Center and charged with 2-counts of Possession of CDS Schedule I Marijuana with Intent to Distribute, 1-count of Possession of CDS Schedule II Hydrocodone with Intent to Distribute, 2-counts of Resisting an Officer with Force, 2-counts Illegal Possession of a Firearm by a Person convicted of a Felony, 1-count of Illegal Use of a Firearm, Illegal Possession of Firearms during a Narcotics Offense, Criminal Obstruction of Justice and Probation Violation.
Smith, who is on probation until 2019 for a prior conviction of Illegal Possession of Firearms by a Person convicted of a Felony, remains in the DC.
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