Port Barre Police arrest two Opelousas men for Synthetic Cannibinoids.
22 year old Ryan Scott Fisher and 23 year old Daniel E. Johnson, both of Opelousas have been arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute schedule I controlled dangerous substances.
On Sunday, June 1st, 2014, Port Barre police dispatch was notified by Louisiana State Police Troop I, of a Silver Chevy Malibu driving reckless, possibly impaired driver, travelling West on US 190 towards Port Barre. While stationary on US 190, Port Barre police observed the silver Chevy Malibu travelling west. Police followed behind the vehicle and observed as it was swerving on the roadway and travelling at a much lower speed than the posted speed limit. Police initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, identified as Ryan S. Fisher. Fisher appeared to be nervous, his speech was slow and slurred, and his eyes were red and glassy. Officers conducted a series of field sobriety tests, in which Fisher failed.
Officers made contact with the passenger, identified as Daniel E. Johnson. Johnson also appeared to be intoxicated. During the investigation, officers located 46 pre-packaged black plastic bags labeled " Blue Diamond". The bags contained a green/ brown leafy material which looked similar to the now common Synthetic Cannibinoids. When officers confronted Fisher and Johnson, they both admitted they were smoking the substance prior to being stopped. Both, Fisher and Johnson were transported to the Port Barre police department for further investigation. Fisher submitted to giving a urine sample to be tested for intoxicants.
Police seized the findings but have no way to field test the material to prove if the substance is the illegal synthetic Marijuana, potpourri or regular smoking tobacco. So, the findings were sent to the Acadiana Crime Lab for analysis. Fisher and Johnson were released but still remained under investigation, pending the results of the crime lab analysis.
On Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014,Port Barre police received the crime lab analysis results which proved the substances tested positive for AB- CHMINACA a scheduled I synthetic cannibinoid. This form of synthetic is fairly new and was just added to the illegal list on May 16, 2014. Police obtained warrants and arrested Fisher and Johnson.
Both men were charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substances. Fisher was also charged with driving while intoxicated. Both were booked into the Port Barre jail awaiting arraignment.
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