One of the largest ecstasy seizures in Natchitoches Parish occurred during a traffic stop on Monday evening according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Stuart Wright.
The investigation began on Monday evening July 6 at approximately 10:43pm, when deputies assigned to the NPSO Patrol Division stopped a 2005 Toyota passenger car on La. Hwy 1 near White Oak Lane for a traffic violation.
Deputies identified the operator of the vehicle as 33-year-old Glenn Gibson II, of the 1500 block of Stella Street, Natchitoches, La.
Deputies say while speaking with Gibson, they smelled a strong marijuana smoke odor, and when they asked if he had been smoking marijuana he replied “he had been in an area where it was being smoked”.
Deputies suspected criminal activity and based on the plain smell of marijuana they conducted a search of Glenn and the vehicle.
During the search of the vehicle, deputies seized several zip-lock bags containing over fifteen thousand suspected ecstasy tablets with a potential street value between $15000-$20000 according to the Natchitoches Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force.
Ecstasy (MDMA ,3,4 methylenedioxymethamphetamine) is a synthetic, psychoactive drug chemically similar to the stimulant methamphetamine and the hallucinogen mescaline. It is an illegal drug that acts as both a stimulant and psychedelic.
Glenn Gibson II, 33, of the 1500 block of Stella Street, Natchitoches was transported to the NMJDTF, charged with Possession of CDS Schedule I Ecstasy with Intent to Distribute, 2nd or Subsequent Offenses, and traffic charges.
As the investigation progressed, Natchitoches Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force Agents began to assist in the case.
Gibson who has a prior criminal arrest history remains in the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center awaiting bond.
Agents executed a search warrant at a residence in the 1500 block of Texas Street in Natchitoches seizing approximately $1940.00 US currency and items pertinent to the narcotics investigation.
The seized narcotics evidence will be submitted to the crime lab for narcotics analysis. Recent ecstasy seizures have shown a methamphetamine presence during expert analysis
The seized currency will be turned over to the Natchitoches District Attorney’s Office for an Asset Forfeiture Hearing in the Tenth Judicial District Court.
Drug Task Force Agents believe the illegal narcotics was intended for distribution in Natchitoches and Sabine Parishes.
The investigation is ongoing.
Sheriff Wright said that he is pleased and commends all law enforcement that were involved in this recent large seizure of illegal narcotics taken off the streets of Natchitoches Parish and potentially an adjoining parish”.
We will continue to aggressively pursue illegal narcotics being transported and sold in Natchitoches Parish”.
Involved in the investigation and arrest were: Deputies assigned to the NPSO Patrol Division, Natchitoches Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force Agents consisting of NPSO and Natchitoches Police Department, and a Louisiana State Police K-9 Unit.
If you have any additional information or suspect criminal activity in your community contact, the NPSO at 352-6432, NPD at 352-8101 or the Natchitoches Drug Task Force at 357-2248.