DRUGS SEIZED DURING I-49 TRAFFIC STOP

NPSO Press Release

Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a Rapides Parish man on traffic and felony drug charges that resulted in the seizure of illegal narcotics during a traffic stop on Interstate-49 in Natchitoches Parish on Saturday afternoon according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones Jr.

Sgt. J. Roberts of the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office was patrolling on Interstate-49 just south of Natchitoches on March 23 at 4 pm when he clocked a 2011 Buick Enclave traveling northbound, speeding 88 miles per hour in a posted 75 mph speed zone.

Deputies identified the operator of the vehicle as Devin Hinkston, 28 of Alexandria.

During the traffic stop, deputies learned Hinkson’s drivers license was suspended and that he had a prior criminal history in Rapides Parish.

Deputies say Hinkston appeared very nervous and began to sweat profusely leading them to believe criminal activity existed.

Deputies also observed suspected drug paraphernalia in plain view.

Additional deputies responded to assist including NMJDTF Criminal Patrol Deputy C. Campbell and his narcotics detection K-9 “Misty.”

During a walk around of the vehicle, “Misty” alerted to the vehicle for the presence of a narcotics odor.

A search of the vehicle led to the seizure of approximately 4-grams of suspected synthetic marijuana, a pack of rolling papers and fifty-three suspected Tramadol narcotic tablets.

During a search of Hinkston’s person, deputies discovered a pack containing four tramadol narcotic tablets concealed in his underwear.

The seized narcotics will submitted to the crime lab for narcotics analysis and identification for criminal court proceedings.

As a result:

Devin Hinkston, 28, of the 3600 block of Orangefield Drive, Alexandria was placed under arrest, transported and booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with Possession of CDS Schedule I Marijuana, Possession of CDS Schedule IV Tramadol with Intent to Distribute, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Criminal Obstruction of Justice after he attempted hide evidence from deputies.

Hinkston remains in the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center with bond set by a Tenth Judicial District Court Judge at $22,500.

Deputies say while interviewing Hinkston he confessed to the ownership of the seized narcotics.

Hinkston was traveling from Alexandria to Mesquite, Texas.

Involved in the arrest were: Sgt. J. Roberts assisted by Deputy D. Cabellero, Deputy C. Campbell and his drug detection K-9 “Misty”.