NATCHITOCHES – Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested a south Louisiana man on felony drug charges during a traffic stop on Interstate-49 near Natchitoches according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Stuart Wright.
On Sunday evening May 23 at approximately 8:16pm, Deputies assigned to the NPSO Patrol Division were working a special detail, patrolling on I-49 just south of Natchitoches when they stopped a 2015 Chevrolet Impala traveling southbound, speeding 94 miles per hour in a posted 75 mph speed zone.
Deputies identified the operator of the vehicle as 21-year-old Tedmund Joseph Tardo Jr. of Springfield, La.
Deputies say while speaking with Tardo and issuing a citation for the speeding offense, they smelled a marijuana odor coming from within the vehicle.
Deputies say when they asked Tardo if he had any illegal weapons or narcotics in the vehicle, he responded “he had a handgun on the backseat” and removed an electronic cigarette from his pocket containing suspected THC oil.
During a search of the vehicle based on probable cause, deputies seized 22 packages of suspected kush marijuana, 9 jars of suspected kush marijuana, 2-THC cereal edible snacks, 1-container containing approximately 6.7 ounces of suspected cannabis syrup, 12-plastic containers containing various weight amounts of suspected kush marijuana, 3-glass jars containing suspected THC wax, 5-suspected THC oil cartridges, 336-bottles of THC oil infused drinks with a total THC content of 60 grams of pure THC oil and loaded FN 9mm semi-automatic handgun with laser sights.
The seized evidence will be submitted to the crime lab for narcotics analysis.
Tedmund J. Tardo Jr., 21, of Springfield, La. was transported and booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with Possession of CDS Schedule I Marijuana with Intent to Distribute and Illegal Possession of a Firearm during a Felony Narcotics Offense.
Tardo was released on a $6500.00 bond set by a 10th Judicial District Court Judge on May 24 pending a court appearance.
Deputies say interviewing Tardo, he informed them that he traveled from Louisiana to California and was traveling back to south Louisiana when he was stopped.
Sheriff Wright stated deputies will continue to patrol I-49 and other roads in an effort to intercept illegal narcotics, weapons and stolen property traveling through and entering Natchitoches Parish.
Involved in the arrest were: Deputy D. Caballero assisted by Deputy E. Mogridge and members of the Natchitoches Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force.