SPRINGHILL — A Springhill couple has been arrested on possession charges, with one arrested on two distribution warrants.
Christopher P. Lawson, 37, of the 300 block of South Park Drive, was charged with two warrants of distribution of synthetic cannabinoids (marijuana), with bond set at $30,000. He was arrested Tuesday, Sept. 22, and charged with possession of synthetic marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of Schedule I CDS synthetic marijuana in the presence of a minor and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond on those charges has yet to be set. A hold was also placed on Lawson on a warrant for possession of stolen things.
Mary Paula Myers, 38, of the same address, was arrested on the same day on charges of possession of synthetic marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of Schedule I CDS synthetic marijuana in the presence of a minor and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond on those charges has not yet been set.
Springhill police chief Will Lynd says the North Webster Narcotics Task Force made some undercover buys from Lawson and obtained two warrants for distribution.
“A search warrant was typed up and executed this morning (Tuesday), and synthetic marijuana was found,” Lynd said.
According to the report, Det. Ronald Wedgeworth, Lynd and Webster Parish Sheriff’s Lt. Shawn Baker executed the warrant after they received a tip Lawson was selling synthetic marijuana. Upon entry and subsequent search, agents discovered 34 bags and several packages of suspected synthetic marijuana inside the residence, which is where Myers’ 16-year-old daughter resides as well.
Suspected synthetic marijuana was also found inside Myers’ wallet. Lawson and Myers were both placed under arrest and admitted they smoked synthetic marijuana on a regular basis, Lynd said.
The chief added synthetic marijuana is one of the most dangerous drugs on the streets, because there is no way to know what is in them.
“You don’t know what they’re lacing it with,” he said. “They make this stuff in a laboratory, and they’re putting all sorts of stuff in it.”
He says possession of synthetic marijuana charges are treated the same as possession of marijuana. Possession of synthetic marijuana with intent or distribution becomes a felony on the second offense, he said.
Synthetic marijuana charges follow the same state laws as marijuana, Lynd said.
Both Myers and Lawson were charged on the above charges and transported to the Springhill Police Department. They were later transported to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center for booking.