On October 14, 2021, Bienville Parish Warden LaTricia Green saw a vehicle passing in a no passing zone on US 80 east of Gibsland. Warden Green initiated a traffic stop. The vehicle was driven by 34-year-old Cassie Alexandra Merritt, age 34 of Gibbs Street in Gibsland,
Ms. Merritt was driving under suspension and without vehicle insurance.
Narcotics investigators were called to the scene and asked for consent to search her vehicle, which she declined.
Investigators had an ongoing investigation into Ms. Merritt’s drug activities and obtained a search warrant for her vehicle and residence. As a result of the searches, several grams of suspected methamphetamine, Schedule III and Schedule IV controlled dangerous drugs, a Glock 9mm pistol and assorted paraphernalia were seized.
Ms. Merritt was arrested on an assortment of charges on October 14, 2021 following the traffic stop.
Besides traffic and drug charges associated with the search warrants, additional charges of Distribution of methamphetamine and two counts of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine were lodged against her on October 15, 2021.
Ms. Merritt is also being held for Claiborne Parish and Probation and Parole. Bond has been set in the amount of $529,000.
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