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Traffic Stop Leads to Arrest and Seizure of Drugs

Sheriff Blaise Smith of the St. Mary Parish Sheriffs Office announces a traffic stop that ends in an arrest and the seizure of drugs and drug proceeds.

Posted: Mar 22, 2021 12:08 PM

Sheriff Blaise Smith of the St. Mary Parish Sheriffs Office announces a traffic stop that ends in an arrest and the seizure of drugs and drug proceeds.

Morris L. Charles Jr., 47, Morgan City, LA, was arrested on March 21, 2021, at 7:51 pm on the following charges:
- Improper lane usage
- Aggravated flight from officer
- Possession of schedule II (cocaine) with intent to distribute
- Possession of legend drug without prescription (2 counts)
- Transactions involving drug proceeds

A K9 deputy traveling on Highway 182 near Franklin observed a vehicle cross the solid yellow line twice. The deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle, however, the vehicle continued to travel. When the vehicle stopped, the driver exited the vehicle and ran a short distance before he was apprehended.

The driver, identified as Charles, had a bag containing cocaine in his possession. Through the investigation, pills and a large amount of cash were also found in his possession.

Charles was transported to the St. Mary Law Enforcement Center for booking. Bail has been set at $125,000.

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