ST. MARY PARISH, LA (WAFB) - Three men are facing charges of possession of synthetic drugs in separate incidents.
The St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office reported Eric Fontenot, 28, of Rayne; Quincy Johnson, 20, of Berwick; and Charlie Williams Jr., 35, of Bayou Vista, were all arrested Thursday. The arrests were made one week after authorities put out a warning about the dangers of synthetic pot due to a spike in emergency room visits.
Fontenot was booked on charges of possession of a synthetic cannabinoid, possession of Xanax and reckless operation of a vehicle. SMPSO said a deputy was sent to investigate a single-vehicle crash on Prairie Road North in Verdunville and reportedly saw pieces of a Xanax pill in the door of the car Fontenot was driving. The deputy also reported seeing a bag of a green leafy substance on the seat, which was later determined to be synthetic marijuana. Authorities said the investigation showed Fontenot lost control in a curve after something had fallen on the floor. They added the car went off the road, into a ditch, slammed into a culvert, hit a utility pole guide wire and then hit a house. No bond is set.
Johnson was booked on charges of possession of synthetic cannabinoids, possession of drug paraphernalia and four warrants for failure to comply with the terms and conditions of drug court. Deputies said narcotics detectives on US 90 reported seeing an SUV cross the center line and pulled it over. Officials added the detectives recognized Johnson and knew there were warrants for his arrest. The detectives reported finding a bag of synthetic marijuana and paper wraps on Johnson. His bond was set at $403,500.
Williams was booked on the following charges:
Possession of synthetic cannabinoids
Possession of marijuana (2nd offense)
Possession of drug paraphernalia
No driver's license
Warrant for domestic abuse battery, simple criminal damage to property, theft, theft of a motor vehicle
Investigators said deputies were called out to a disturbance complaint at a motel in Bayou Vista and a narcotics detective was contacted to assist. Officials said the detectives were given permission to search the room. They reportedly found bags of synthetic cannabinoids, marijuana and rolling papers. Detectives reported they later learned the drugs belonged to someone else who had driven off in a truck and identified the suspect as Williams. He was stopped on LA 182 in Bayou Vista and deputies reported finding another bag of synthetic marijuana after receiving consent to search. SMPSO added the charges on the warrant stemmed from a separate investigation into a disturbance at the same motel the day before. Williams is accused of kicking open a door, hitting a woman in the face and taking her purse and car. No bond is set.
The investigations into these cases are ongoing.