A Natchitoches man shoplifting a box of male enhancement pills from a local store was arrested on theft and felony narcotics charges early Friday morning according to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office.
John Braxton, 28, of the 100 block of Gabrielle Loop, was taken into custody by NPSO Deputy Silas Axsom and Lt. Brian Powell, after an investigation and search that uncovered illegal drugs.
Just after 3:30 a.m. Friday, NPSO deputies working a security detail at a local store were notified by the manager of a person allegedly shoplifting in the business.
As the suspect, identified as Braxton, was leaving the store deputies reached out to him. While talking with the suspect, he voluntary emptied the contents of his pockets which included a cellular phone, currency and a pill bottle containing several pills.
When deputies asked Braxton what type of pills were in the bottle, he replied that they were allergy medications.
It is unclear just what kind of allergy Braxton thought he had, but the drugs – 45 pills – were identified as Esctasy, a drug classified as CDS Schedule 1.
Esctasy is commonly used as a phsychoactive drug; however, recent crime lab analysis have shown methamphetamine presence in the drug in recent seizures in Natchitoches Parish.
Making Braxton’s unfortunate situation even worse, deputies reported while they were interviewing Braxton he attempted to flush the 15 ExtenZe male enhancement gel caps down the toilet.
Braxton was placed under arrest, transported and booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with Possession of CDS Schedule I “Ecstasy” and Theft of Goods.
The value of the stolen merchandise was approximately $27 dollars while the street value of the seized narcotics was approximately $450-$500 dollars.
The seized narcotics will be submitted to the crime lab for narcotics analysis and identification.
Braxton remains in the Natchitoches Detention Center awaiting bond.