On Friday, Rapides Deputies were conducting criminal patrol operations in the Broadway Street area of Alexandria. Officers had received numerous complaints regarding open drug sales at convenience stores and intersections nearby.
While investigating, deputies saw what appeared to be a hand to hand drug sale near the convenience store on Broadway. When deputies moved in, the suspect fled inside the store with deputies close behind. He was approached and found to have two active warrants for failure to pay a fine.
Store employees informed deputies that the suspect ran down the candy aisle; officers then located a bag of methamphetamine on a low level shelf with candy. The suspect, 33-year-old Donald Hampton of Alexandria was taken into custody and booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center where he is being held on a $10,000 bond and $634 in fines.
“The manner in which the methamphetamine was discarded is troubling. Glass type methamphetamine could be mistaken as a rock type candy to a child. Ingestion could be fatal. Placing anyone at risk simply to avoid a drug charge is selfish and irresponsible,” said Major Kris Cloessner, Metro Division Commander.
- KLAX ABC 31 News, April 29, 2013