At approximately 11:00 p.m. on May 7, 2019 a Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy initiated a traffic stop on US Hwy 71 just north of Esperanza Road. The driver appeared nervous and subsequently granted permission for deputies to look inside his vehicle.
During the vehicle search, deputies discovered several drug related items in addition to a rifle that was in plain view. Items recovered included suspected synthetic marijuana, suspected methamphetamine, a burnt cigarette containing suspected synthetic marijuana and a package of cigarette papers. All items were collected as evidence.
Brandon D. Basco, W/M, age 26 of the 100 block of Dogwood Trail, Natchitoches, LA was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Red River Parish Jail for booking.
Basco was charged with one count each of the following: Possession of Firearm in Presence of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS), Possession of Schedule I Synthetic Cannabinoids, Possession of Schedule II CDS, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Proper Equipment Required on Vehicles.
His total bond was set at $11,000 and he remains incarcerated in the Red River Parish Jail.