NPSO: TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO ARREST OF NATCHITOCHES MAN ON FELONY DRUG CHARGES

A traffic stop near Hagewood by Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies has led to the arrest of a Natchitoches man on traffic and felony drug charges that resulted in the seizure of suspected methamphetamine according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Stuart Wright.

On Tuesday evening November 24 at approximately 8:10pm, Deputies assigned to the NPSO Patrol Division were patrolling on La. Hwy 6 West near Hagewood when they stopped a 2002 Harley Davidson motorcycle for a traffic violation.

Deputies identified the operator of the motorcycle as 36-year-old Daniel H. Morton of Natchitoches.

During the traffic stop, deputies learned during a vehicle registration check that the license plate on the motorcycle was a switched plate.

Deputies noticed that Morton was extremely uneasy leading them to believe criminal activity existed.

Based on Morton’s uneasy behavior, deputies conducted a pat-down for officer safety discovering a knife and also felt a hard object in his pocket.

Deputies say when they asked Morton what was in his pocket, he replied “something that he shouldn’t have.”

Morton removed a plastic bag from his pocket containing approximatel y 13.6 grams of suspected methamphetamine with a street value over $500 handing it to the deputy.

Morton was placed under arrest without incident.

Daniel Howard Morton, 36, of the 100 block of Royal Street, Natchitoches was transported and booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with Possession of CDS Schedule II Methamphetamine, Switched License Plate and other traffic offenses.

Morton remains in the Natchitoches Detention Center awaiting bond.

The seized evidence will be submitted to the crime lab for narcotics analysis.

The motorcycle was impounded by a local wrecker service.

Deputy A. Llorence made the arrest assisted by Lt. M. Wilson.