Deputies say traffic stop yields crack cocaine, high grade marijuana and MDMA

James Gash (Source: St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office)
James Gash (Source: St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office)

BAYOU VISTA, LA (WAFB) - Authorities said a traffic stop resulted in the arrest of a suspected drug dealer Friday afternoon.

The St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office reported James Gash, 33, of Patterson, was booked on numerous drug charges. His bond was set at $97,000. Investigators also reported a 5-year-old in the car when the drugs were reportedly found.

Possession of marijuana with intent to distribute

Possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute

Possession of Schedule I (MDMA)

Possession of drug paraphernalia

Violation of controlled dangerous substance law (drug free zone)

Possession of a CDS in the presence of a minor

Transactions involving drug proceeds

Driving under suspension

Improper display of license plate

According to deputies, narcotics detectives spotted a car in Bayou Vista that did not have a license plate showing and pulled it over. They said the detectives then learned Gash's driver's license was suspended. They added Gash gave consent for a search of his vehicle.

SMPSO said detectives reported finding several bags of crack cocaine, several bags of high grade marijuana and a bag of ecstasy capsules. They stated razor blades, rolling papers and cash believed to be from drug sales were also found.

The crack cocaine has an estimated street value of more than $13,000, the marijuana is worth more than $1,100 and the MDMA has a street value of about $240, according to authorities. Investigators added $9,329 in cash was found on Gash and seized.

The investigation is ongoing.

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