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Sheriff: Man swallows heroin during traffic stop, arrested on numerous charges

Travis Joseph (Source: Assumption Parish Sheriff's Office) Travis Joseph (Source: Assumption Parish Sheriff's Office)

Deputies with the Assumption Parish Sheriff's Office conducted a traffic stop Thursday around noon after spotting an erratic driver on LA 70 near the Assumption/Ascension Parish line.

The driver, 35-year-old Travis Joseph, of Donaldsonville, got out of the vehicle and refused to follow directions from officers and began to try and swallow something, according to sheriff officials. Joseph resisted the deputies and he swallowed the evidence.

Joseph later admitted to medics he swallowed heroin. 

When deputies searched the vehicle, they found more than $6,000 in cash, wrapped in a sock in the center console of the vehicle. Deputies also found marijuana, Oxymorphone pills, Oxycodone pills, and a .380 caliber handgun with the serial number obliterated.

When deputies searched Joseph's home, they found more Oxymorphone pills and Oxycodone pills hidden in his bedroom, along with a digital scale, according to reports.

Joseph was arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute oxymorphone hydrochloride and oxycodone, possession of marijuana, illegal carrying of weapons, possession of firearms with obliterated number, careless operation, driving on roadway laned for traffic, possession of firearm by convicted felon, two counts of resisting an officer and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He is being held in the Assumption Parish Detention Center.

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