Two Claiborne Parish men were arrested on multiple felony narcotics charges after trying to drive their 24-year-old Ford pick-up truck without a license plate through Natchitoches Parish Thursday morning.
Erick McGowen, 36, and Broadus D. Davis, 38, both of Homer, are now residing at the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center after a simple traffic stop on U.S. Highway 71 near Campti turned into a major drug bust.
Through a quick computer check, deputies learned not only did McGowen not have a license on the back of his truck, he also didn’t have a driver’s license. What he did have was a criminal record.
About that time, deputies noticed the odor of marijuana wafting from the truck, and when backup arrived, deputies asked McGowen if he had any illegal narcotics in the truck and he admitted he had some marijuana.
At that point, deputies were in the process of detaining the two men when Davis decided to resist and kicked one of the deputies in the groin and then tried to run away, but it didn’t work.
There may have been a reason Davis tried to bolt – when deputies searched him, they found three bags of suspected methamphetamine, two suspected ecstasy pills, pharmaceutical narcotic pills and individual wrapped bags of suspected synthetic marijuana.
From there, things went downhill fast, as a search of the vehicle led to the seizure of a small amount of suspected marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
A Natchitoches Regional Medical Center EMS Unit responded to treat one of the deputies for a laceration to the hand.
McGowen was transported and booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with Possession of CDS I Marijuana, Possession of CDS II Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Driving under Suspension, and No Vehicle License Plate.
Davis was transported and searched again at the Natchitoches Detention Center.
There, when searching his jacket, corrections officers found three cellophane bags containing 279 ecstasy pills concealed in the jacket.
Davis was booked into the NPDC on charges of Resisting an Officer, Battery on a Police Officer, Simple Escape, two counts of Possession of CDS I Marijuana with Intent to Distribute, Two counts of Possession of CDS II Narcotics with Intent to Distribute, 2nd or Subsequent Offense, and Taking Contraband into a Penal Institution.
The seized narcotics will be submitted to the crime lab for narcotics analysis and the vehicle was impounded.
Sgt. J. Augustus was assisted by Deputy D. Caballero in the arrests.