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Eunice City Marshal: This is the first "Gray Death" drug arrest in the parish

"Gray Death" drug arrest made in St. Landry Parish
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Posted at 7:13 PM, Feb 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-06 20:39:19-05

The Eunice City Marshal's Office have arrested a man accused of possessing the dangerous narcotic know as "Gray Death."

Earlier this week, the drug was discovered in St. Mary Parish; it's now made its way to St. Landry Parish.

While making a traffic stop, the Eunice City Marshal said something just didn't seem right.

City Marshal Terry Darbonne says, "The passenger was very nervous in the vehicle. He kept taking his seat belt off and kept looking back at the deputy. And it went on until the suspect pulled into a hotel, drove around to the back of the motel, at which time the deputy pulled up behind and the passenger got out of the vehicle and took off walking. When the deputy advised him to come back he took off running."

The suspect, identified as Alex Simien of Crowley, was known for having multiple narcotics, but what was most suspicious to police was the beige colored substance in the car.

"As we have been hearing for the past few days about this new drug on the street called Gray Death. We noticed that the characteristics of this rock in here fit the description," says Darbonne.

Simien is facing charges, but also being treated because Darbonne says he was under the influence of the drug, which is incredibly dangerous and can be deadly just by touching it.

Darbonne says, "It's very important for our law enforcement officers to get educated on this gray death because I had to call a pharmacist to get more information on how powerful this is is. This is a very powerful drug that can kill you instantly."