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Woman accused of leaving meth in motel

Posted at 5:36 PM, Jan 23, 2021

One person is in police custody after staff at an Abbeville motel discovered narcotics in one of the rooms.

On Friday at 11:00 a.m., officers of the Abbeville Police Department responded to the Sunbelt Lodge on Veterans Memorial Drive in reference to staff finding narcotics in one of the rooms after the tenants checked out, according to Lt. Jonathan Touchet, spokesperson for the Department.

Officers recovered two containers, disguised as Arizona Tea cans with false tops. In the containers officers located a half-pound of suspected methamphetamine, packaged in eight one-ounce packages. Officers began an investigation to determine who the narcotics belonged to. After officers left, they received another call, stating that the subjects who were in the room were now back and threatening the staff and demanding that the motel return their items from the room, Touchet stated. The staff called the police again and the suspects fled the motel.

Based on video footage, officers were able to determine the vehicle that fled the motel and located the vehicle. Officers located Paradise Thornton, of Lafayette, and spoke to her. Officers located two one-ounce packages of suspected methamphetamine on Thornton, according to the spokesperson. Thornton was subsequently placed under arrest and transported to the Abbeville Police Department on a charge of possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and obstruction of justice. She was then transported to the Vermilion Parish Jail.

This case is still under investigation.

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