Accused synthetic pot dealer busted after chase
VERDUNVILLE - Two thousand dollars worth of synthetic marijuana was seized and two men are behind bars after narcotics detectives in St. Mary Parish chased down a swerving vehicle on Wednesday night.
Detectives said they observed a car speeding at around 8:30 p.m. on Highway 90, and tried to pull the car over after it crossed the center line and hit another vehicle.
The driver of the car did not stop and deputies chased it in the direction of Kelly Pelerin Lane in Verdunville where the fleeing car nearly hit some pedestrians as they crossed the roadway.
When the car finally came to a stop, a passenger, identified as 20-year-old Jamarcus Gunner, threw several items into the backseat and ran from the vehicle.
Law enforcement was able to capture and detain Gunner, along with the 19-year-old driver Derrick Kelly and a second unidentified passenger.
Detectives searched the vehicle and found several bags of synthetic marijuana with an estimated street value of $2,000, small bags of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a digital scale in the car.
Gunner faces charges of possession of synthetic marijuana with intent to distribute, obstruction of justice, resisting an officer and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Kelly was booked on charges of improper lane usage, aggravated flight from an officer and possession of marijuana.
The third occupant of the vehicle was released with no charges.