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Opelousas man arrested for multiple drug charges, possessing illegal firearm

Two minors were in his presence at time of arrest
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Posted at 9:08 PM, Feb 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-13 22:08:29-05

An Opelousas man was arrested on Thursday on several weapons and narcotics charges, according to Opelousas Police spokesperson Major Mark Guidry.

Officers with the OPD Special Operations Unit were following up on information about reported narcotics activity in the 1100 block of Newman St. Police arrested Troy Butler, 32, after he was found to be in possession of a large amount of synthetic marijuana and a .40 caliber pistol. Butler had previously been convicted of felony crimes that made it illegal for him to be in possession of a firearm, according to Opelousas Police.

There were also two minor children with Butler when the illegal narcotics were found in his possession. During the booking process, police found more illegal narcotics concealed on Butler's person.

Butler was booked into the St. Landry Parish Jail on the following charges:

  • Possession w/ Intent to Distribute Schedule I Drugs (Synthetic Marijuana)
  • Felon in possession of a firearm
  • Illegal use of a Firearm in the presence of a CDS
  • Illegal use of a CDS in the presence of persons under 17 years of age
  • Introducing contraband into a Penal Institution

Opelousas Police said Butler was arrested by them for similar charges in May 2019.