Aug 1, 2014 12:31 PM by Dave Fields
The Rayne Police Department announces the arrest of a Duson man accused of dealing narcotics.
On Wednesday, RPD officers said they arrested Chester Sam, 36, for Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana (3rd Offense), Possession with Intent to Distribute a Schedule III CDS: Hydrocodone, Possession with Intent to Distribute a Schedule IV CDS: Alprazolam and Prohibited Acts: Drug Paraphernalia.
Chief Carroll Stelly explained that the arrest followed a response at 6:15 p.m. to a local convenience store, where Rayne Police Officers initiated contact with a suspected drug trafficker. During the course of the investigation, officers located 3 lbs of marijuana, numerous Hydrocodone tablets, Alprazolam tablets and drug-distribution related paraphernalia.
"Chester Sam is a habitual drug trafficker with a history of drug arrests. Sam is known to be tied into a larger narcotics distribution ring operating parish-wide," Stelly said.
The chief explained the necessity for the seizure.
"Chester Sam was discharged from his Texas supervised probations sentence 5 days ago, but is actively on probation in Louisiana for prior drug offenses until 2017. This arrest is anticipated to trigger the revocation of Sam's probation, requiring him to serve the remaining sentence for his prior arrests. In addition to Sam's arrest, the Rayne Police Department has initiated civil forfeiture proceedings to forfeit his 2007 Jeep Liberty SUV to the City of Rayne to help offset the cost of the narcotics related investigations to the taxpayers."
Sam was booked into the Rayne Police Department jail and Commissioner Thomas Frederick placed a $125,000 bond for these offenses. However, the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections issued a probation hold on Sam, preventing his release on bond.