On Thursday, Rapides deputies observed a vehicle parked in the roadway at Main and Lower Line Streets in Alexandria.
After deputies activated emergency lights, the vehicle moved forward, eventually stopping again. When they approached the vehicle, officers detected a strong odor of marijuana.
The driver, 51-year-old Troy Smith of Alexandria has been arrested three prior times since January by the Metro Division, became increasingly nervous.
Smith had a clear plastic bag near the gear shift containing a large “brick” of suspected marijuana that weighed over a pound. A subsequent search of the vehicle was conducted where two prescription bottles were found. One bottle contained Hydrocodone, but was prescribed for Tramadol, a non-narcotic pain medication. The other bottle was in another person’s name and also contained Hydrocodone of a different type. Deputies also found a box of sandwich bags and digital scale inside the vehicle.
Troy Smith was arrested on drug charges and Obstruction of a Highway and was later released on a $15,250 bond.
- KLAX ABC 31 News, April 19, 2013