Woman arrested after over 500 fentanyl-laced pills found scattered in car during traffic stop, officials say

Hermand Gatewood
Hermand Gatewood(Morgan City Police Department)
Published: Feb. 20, 2023 at 5:20 PM CST
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MORGAN CITY, La. (WAFB) - The Morgan City Police Department arrested a woman during a traffic stop after officers allegedly found hundreds of pressed pills containing suspected fentanyl in her possession.

Police said they stopped Hermand Gatewood, 46, on Saturday, Feb. 18, for allegedly running a stop sign and improper equipment on the vehicle. Gatewood also did not have a valid driver’s license

According to the police report, officers saw green pills scattered all over her vehicle and collected over 500 pills of suspected alprazolam that field-tested and indicated the presence of fentanyl. The total weight of the pills was over five ounces.

Fentanyl-Laced Alprazolam Pills
Fentanyl-Laced Alprazolam Pills(Morgan City Police Department)

Gatewood was arrested and transported to the Morgan City Jail and was booked on charges of possession of a schedule II with intention to distribute, disregard of traffic controls, improper equipment, and no driver’s license.

Her bail was set at $201,500.

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