Taillight stop leads LPSO to narcotics arrests

A traffic stop for a broken taillight led the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office to a drug bust.

Around 9:45 p.m. on December 5, deputies conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle traveling on La. Highway 182 in Raceland. The stop was initiated because the vehicle had a broken taillight.

Deputies made contact with the vehicle occupants, identifying the driver as Ronald Brown, 31, and his passenger as Shayla Samuels, 35.

Deputies said they immediately smelled the odor of burnt marijuana coming from the vehicle and asked for assistance with a K-9 deputy.

The K-9 arrived and alerted to the presence of narcotics inside of the vehicle, which led authorities to do a search. That search yielded suspected narcotics, including approximately 13.3 grams of crack cocaine, 7.7 grams of meth and five doses of MDMA.

Brown and Samuels were both charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Crack Cocaine and Methamphetamine, as well as Possession of MDMA. Samuels was also released on December 6, 2019, after posting $52,000 bail. Brown was additionally charged with the broken taillight, and he was released on December 8, 2019, after posting $52,100 bail.