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Lafayette man arrested, found in possession of "gray death" drug

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Posted at 12:29 PM, Sep 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-12 13:29:23-04

A Lafayette man was arrested in St. Martin Parish Friday after he was allegedly found in possession of the "grey death" drug following a traffic stop.

A deputy was conducting narcotics enforcement on Grand Point Road in Cecilia Friday night around 11:30 p.m., when a pick-up truck, driven by 54-year-old Kenneth L. Rauch, Jr. of Lafayette, swerved into his lane of travel. Authorities say the truck nearly struck the deputy's vehicle.

The deputy then conducted a traffic stop on the truck on Grand Point Road in Henderson, during which the deputy observed an unmarked prescription bottle in the vehicle.

A search of the vehicle was conducted, and the deputy located suspected methamphetamine, suspected grey death, suspected heroin, suspected marijuana, a digital scale, plastic baggies, and a grinder. According to deputies, the weights and packaging of the narcotics, along with the bags and scale, are indicative of Rauch's intent to distribute the illegal narcotics.

Grey death is a mixture of Heroin, Fentanyl, Cerfentanil, and possibly other opioids, and is a fairly new drug in the area that can be dangerous to the touch.

Rauch was arrested and booked into the St. Martin Parish Correctional Center on the below charges:

Driving on Roadway Laned for Travel
Reckless Operation
Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule II (Methamphetamine)
Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule I (Heroin)
Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule I (Grey Death)
Possession of Schedule I (Marijuana)
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

No bond has been set at this time.

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