Deputies assigned to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office (IMPACT) team stopped a white 2015 Chevrolet Malibu on June 21 for a traffic violation on Hwy 6 East near Tauzin Island Rd. The driver was identified as, Jacquarious Ardison, 24, of the 100 block of Kemp Street in Campti.
Deputies learned that Ardison’s Louisiana driver’s license was
During the course of the traffic stop investigation, NPSO K9, Misty, was utilized. Misty gave a positive odor alert on the vehicle.
During the search, Deputies located 12 pints of Promethazine in the trunk of the vehicle. Upon locating the Promethazine, Ardison broke his flip phone by snapping it in half.
Due to Ardison breaking the flip phone, which could have been used in the post arrest investigation, he was placed under arrest for Obstruction of Justice and Possession of a Legend Drug.
Ardison was arrested and booked on the following charges:
Prescription required to possess a Legend Drug (Promethazine)
Obstruction of justice
Improper lane usage
Driving under suspension
Ardison was placed into the NPDC awaiting a bond.
According to NMJDTF officials, there has been a rise in street sales of Promethazine syrup due to it being easier to obtain and less expensive than the Schedule V CDS -Promethazine w/codeine, also known as “lean”. Promethazine abuse is frequent in patients struggling with coexisting addictions. Opioids, Promethazine, and abuse are highly correlated. Methadone use for opioid addiction treatment is linked to Promethazine abuse. The Antihistamine strengthens the Opioid “high.” The enhancing ability makes the drug popular among people with an addiction disorder. Promethazine abuse is common among injection drug users, patients with chronic pain, and at-risk teenagers. Sadly, people without prior drug disorders are becoming addicted to Promethazine as well.