Guest finds crystal meth, suspected heroin inside Opelousas hotel room


A guest at a hotel in Opelousas said she went for a shower, grabbed a wash cloth and found a cellophane bag with crystal meth.

It happened over the weekend, according to Teresa Fawcett, at a hotel on the I-49 access road.

Fawcett, of Ashdown, Arkansas, said she was shocked and immediately contacted police who responded and confiscated the drugs which were later tested as crystal meth.

The next day, according to Fawcett, as she was preparing to leave for her trip to New Orleans she reached inside a box for a Kleenex, except she says it wasn’t a Kleenex box, but an iPhone box with “another rock of something, a spoon with what looked like a sugar cube, and several syringes.”

Police were contacted again and during a search of the room, small pieces of foil were found on the bed, on the floor and on the night stand, she said.

The confiscated drugs were sent to the lab for testing, Fawcett said. 

According to Opelousas Police Chief Martin McLendon, State Police was originally called to the hotel in reference to a fugitive possible on the property. The narcotics were later found by the guest, the chief said. 

“Obviously, we were put in a room that had not been cleaned. Come to find out, there was someone from Florida that stayed in that room that was arrested a couple of days prior to our stay for a sexual assault charge.”

Fawcett, however, wants to warn anyone staying at a hotel to thoroughly check everything.  

“It was pretty scary to say the least. I’ve never seen anything like that first hand but knew it wasn’t good.” 

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