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Morgan City traffic stop leads to 2 meth arrests

2 years 11 months 3 weeks ago June 05, 2014 Jun 5, 2014 Thursday, June 05 2014 June 05, 2014 9:54 AM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Brock Sues

MORGAN CITY - Deputies in St. Mary Parish said they arrested two people charged with possession of methamphetamine and other narcotics early on Thursday morning.

Law enforcement said a patrolling deputy made a traffic stop shortly after 1:00 a.m. when a vehicle, driven by Virginia Raphiel, 34, of Robline failed to signal before making a turn.

Detectives said they could see marijuana and methamphetamine in the car as they approached it and Raphiel attempted to hide methamphetamine on her person during the investigation.

Prescription drugs without proper documentation were also found in the vehicle during the search, according to deputies.

Detectives said the passenger Kevin Latchie, 31, of Nachitoches was also in possession of methamphetamine and marijuana.

Raphiel was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of a legend drug, marijuana and scheduled narcotic without prescription, obstruction of justice, and failure to signal 100 feet before a turn.

Latchie was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and possession of marijuana.

Detectives said the estimated street value of the drugs confiscated during the investigation was $12,600.00 and about $7,000 in cash was seized.

Raphiel and Latchie were transported to parish jail and booked.


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