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Man arrested on drug charges following Lafayette Parish traffic stop, pursuit

Deputies searching for passenger of vehicle
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Posted at 12:12 PM, Sep 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-06 13:17:04-04

A 26-year-old man has been arrested on multiple drug charges following a traffic stop in the early morning hours of Wednesday, September 4.

The Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office says deputies attempted to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation around 1:00 am in the 100 block of Acadian Hills Lane.

According to deputies, the driver refused to stop and a short pursuit followed.

The vehicle came to a stop in the 100 block of Elephant Walk Boulevard where deputies say the driver and passenger exited and attempted to flee the scene on foot.

The driver of the vehicle, identified as 26-year-old Paul Powell, was apprehended following that foot pursuit.

A search of the vehicle allegedly uncovered approximately 221 grams of Methamphetamine, approximately 6 grams of Marijuana, 21 Adderall pills, 2 handguns and assorted drug paraphernalia. Deputies estimate the street value at $44,556.

Powell was arrested and booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional center on the following charges:

  • Two counts of Possession with Intent to Distribute (PWITD) Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substances (CDS),
  • PWITD Schedule I CDS,
  • Two counts of Possession of a Firearm in the Presence of a CDS
  • Aggravated Flight from an Officer
  • Transactions Involving Proceeds from Drug Offenses
  • Resisting an Officer and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Investigation continues into the identity of the passenger.