Ferriday police uncover drugs during traffic stop

Published 12:12 am Friday, October 24, 2014

FERRIDAY A routine traffic stop Wednesday led Ferriday police to discover thousands of stolen prescription pills a Southhaven man allegedly stole from Gloster pharmacy store.

Craytonia Latoy Badger, 24, was traveling north on Louisiana 425 in Ferriday Wednesday morning when Ferriday Police Department Sgt. Lee Williams noticed Badger’s car didn’t have a license plate, FPD Chief Derrick Freeman said.

“When Williams walked up to Badger to ask him for his information, he noticed the guy was covered in blood and had it all over his shirt,” Freeman said. “Sgt. Williams began questioning the suspect about why he had blood all over his shirt, and Badger told him it was because he was fighting dogs.”

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Freeman said the officer didn’t believe Badger was fighting dogs and continued asking him questions. Badger eventually confessed to having just come back from robbing a pharmacy in Gloster, Freeman said.

The officer searched Badger’s car and found one leg of a pair of pants torn and tied with a shoestring that contained multiple bottles of promethazine, hydrocodone, alprazolam and other prescription medications.

Freeman said FPD investigators contacted law enforcement officials in Gloster who traveled to Ferriday and confirmed through video surveillance from the pharmacy that Badger was the suspect in their burglary case.

Badger, 7590 Havensville Road No. 82-D, Southhaven, was arrested and charged with possession of schedule V drugs with intent to distribute, two counts possession of legend drug with intent, three counts of possession schedule IV with intent, possession of schedule III with intent and possession of schedule II with intent.

Burglary charges for the Gloster break-in are pending.

Badger was being held at the Concordia Parish Jail Thursday afternoon with no bond set.

“This is a great example of when good, routine police work can turn into something more,” Freeman said. “If Sgt. Williams hadn’t stopped (Badger) for his license plate, we wouldn’t have been able to take those drugs off the streets.”