Three Orleans Parish felons learned it probably wasn’t a very good idea to drive their Chevrolet Malibu 90 miles-per-hour through Natchitoches Parish with two bags of marijuana, a suspected dangerous narcotic called tramadol and a Smith & Wesson 9mm with an obliterated serial number concealed under the hood.
Due to this lapse in judgement, Terrell Massey, 30, of the 4700 block of Viola Street, Myron Soublet, 40, of the 4500 block of MacArthur Boulevard and Brian Combs, 19, of the 7 block of Pinewood Court, all in New Orleans, are now dining with fellow inmates at the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center.
The three men, who soared past Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s deputies conducting patrols on I-49, just south of Natchitoches around 6:45 p.m. Friday, were soon to learn that NPSO deputies don’t play.
The deputies conducted a traffic stop, identified Massey, ran a NLETS (National Law Enforcement Telecommunications System) check and learned that Massey didn’t have a driver’s license.
They then identified the two passengers as Soublet – who initially identified himself as Dwayne Massey – and young Combs.
With their strong sense of smell, deputies also detected a strong marijuana odor wafting from within the Malibu, and, due to suspected criminal activity, obtained permission to search the vehicle and occupants.
Meanwhile, additional deputies along with a Drug Task Force K-9 officer joined the deputies at the scene, and the K-9, with an even stronger sense of smell than the deputies, alerted that he, too, detected a narcotics odor.
At that point, things began traveling south for the three amigos, as a criminal background check, deputies learned Soublet was wanted by the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office for Aggravated Assault and Evading Arrest.
All three were given a ride to their new home in the NPDC, and in addition to the Fugitive for Aggravated Assault and Evading Arrest charge, Soublet was booked in and charged with Illegal Possession of a Firearm by a Person Convicted of a Felony, Possession of a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number, Criminal Obstruction of Justice after he allegedly attempted to destroy and hide evidence, Possession of CDS IV Tramadol, Possession of Marijuana and Resisting an Officer by Giving a False Name.
Massey was charged with Speeding 90/75, No Drivers License, Illegal Possession of a Firearm by a Person Convicted of a Felony, Possession of a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number and Parole Violation.
Soublet was booked into the Natchitoches Detention Center and charged with Illegal Possession of a Firearm by a Person Convicted of a Felony, Possession of a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number, Criminal Obstruction of Justice after he allegedly attempted to destroy and hide evidence, Possession of CDS IV Tramadol, Possession of Marijuana, Resisting an Officer by Giving a False Name, Texas Fugitive for Aggravated Assault and Evading Arrest.
All three remain in the Natchitoches Detention Center awaiting bond.
Turns out, the Malibu was a rental vehicle, so it was stored by a local towing service pending release to the rental agency.
The seized narcotics evidence will be submitted to the crime lab for narcotics analysis for criminal proceedings.
Deputies say the suspects were traveling from New Orleans to the Dallas area.
No bond has been set for these three at this time.
Lt. S. LaCaze was assisted by Deputy M. Smith, J. Axsom and his K-9.