Two Natchitoches men arrested on drug offenses

Metoyer and Smith

Louisiana Probation and Parole agents conducted a compliance check Feb. 22 on Ty Metoyer who was on parole. Upon arriving at Metoyer’s residence in the 1000 block of Welch Street, agents came into contact with Metoyer and his 7-year-old son in the front yard. Agents could smell the odor of marijuana around the front porch area and detained Metoyer.

Due to possible parolee/probation violations including possible consumption of drugs, LA P&P requested assistance from Natchitoches Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force agents for a compliance search of Metoyer’s address.

Agents located to following:

14 grams (or 1/2 ounce) of suspected Methamphetamine

Suspected Xanax (Alprazolam) tablet

Functioning electronic scale

Drug paraphernalia

$459 on Metoyer’s person

Metoyer was placed under arrest and transported to the NMJDTF Office for a post-arrest interview. Metoyer claimed sole ownership of the recovered evidence. He was then booked at the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center on the following charges:

Possession with Intent to Distribute CDS Schedule II (Methamphetamine)

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Possession of CDS Schedule IV (Alprazolam)

Possession of CDS in the Presence of a Juvenile

Second or Subsequent Offense

Agents learned Metoyer had more narcotics, namely Marijuana, at his residence that wasn’t located. During an additional search at the residence Agents came in contact with Metoyer’s girlfriend, Schnesha Braxton, who lived at the residence and Zantari Smith. Agents had extensive experience with Smith and were aware that Smith was on Probation for previous narcotic distribution convictions. Agents informed both subjects of the search warrant.

Agents located the following:

• Two clear bags of suspected marijuana (2 ounces)

A small clear bag of suspected Methamphetamine on Smith’s person

Smith was placed under arrest and transported to the NMJDTF Office for a post-arrest interview. Smith was searched again and was found to be concealing a bag that contained 68 suspected Ecstasy (MDMA) tablets. Smith stated the Methamphetamine and Ecstasy belonged to him. He was then booked at the DC on the following charges:

Possession CDS Schedule II (Methamphetamine)

Possession with the Intent to Distribute CDS Schedule I (MDMA)

Second or Subsequent offense

Metoyer said the newly located suspected Marijuana belonged to him.

The Natchitoches Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force would like to thank the Citizens of Natchitoches for their support. Many times an investigation begins with a simple phone call or tip from a concerned citizen. For this reason the Task Force encourages all citizens to report any crimes in their neighborhoods anonymously by calling 318-357-2248, The Natchitoches Police Department, or the Natchitoches Parish Sheriffs Office.