On February 6, 2019 at approximately 1:50 PM patrol officers with the Opelousas Police Department conducted a traffic stop in the area of Cane and Vine St. for seat belt violations. The officers approached the vehicle and detected a strong odor of burnt marijuana emitting from the vehicle. Officers made contact with one passenger, identified as Kenneth Manuel, who voluntarily handed a bottle containing Marijuana to officers. The driver of the vehicle, Rod Angus, and Manuel were asked to exit the vehicle. Officers then asked Angus if he would submit to a search of his vehicle of which he submitted. While conducting a search of the vehicle, Officers located one black scale in the back-passenger door compartment. When Officers located the scale, Manuel advised the scale belongs to him. While searching the vehicle’s trunk, officers located one multicolored book bag. Upon further investigation, the book bag contained one-gallon size zip lock bag that contained (81) eighty-one small baggies that contained marijuana, one tin can that contained (36) thirty-six small baggies that contained marijuana, one green bag that contained one jar that contained marijuana, and one brown bag that contained a black scale and one box of sandwich bags. The narcotics appeared to be staged for distribution. It was also learned that Angus did not possess a valid driver’s license. Manuel was issued a misdemeanor summons for No Seatbelt (LA RS 32:52), Possession of Schedule I Drugs (Marijuana) (LA RS 40:966C), and Drug Paraphernalia; Prohibited (LA RS 40:1023). Another passenger was issued a misdemeanor summons for No Seatbelt (LA RS 32:295.1).
Angus was placed under arrest in reference to the incident. He was transported to the St. Landry Parish Jail in reference to the incident. Once at the parish jail, Sgt. Sam advised Angus of his rights again. At the completion of the investigation, Angus was charged and booked into the St. Landry Parish Jail for Driver Must Be License (LA RS 32:52) and Possession W/Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs (Marijuana) (LA RS 40:966A). The suspected street value of the narcotics was approximately $2000.00
The Opelousas Police Department pledges to aggressively attack the illegal use or illegal possession of dangerous weapons and narcotics in the community. I would like to thank the dedicated officers of the Opelousas Police Department for their efforts in keeping our community safe, and always appreciate the support received from the community in our efforts to keep our community safe. Please contact Chief Mclendon by email for additional details. (email@example.com)