2 arrested on felony narcotics charges after traffic stop

2 arrested on felony narcotics charges after traffic stop
Candace Roberson, 27 (Source: Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office)
Candace Roberson, 27 (Source: Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office)
DeShawn Lee, 24 (Source: Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office)
DeShawn Lee, 24 (Source: Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office)

NATCHITOCHES PARISH, LA (KSLA) - A California man, along with a Louisiana woman, were arrested on felony narcotics charges Friday in Natchitoches Parish after a traffic stop.

According to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office, deputies were patrolling on I-49 near Ajax, when they reportedly clocked a 2004 Ford Mustang traveling southbound at nearly 90 mph.

Deputies conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and learned during a computer background check that the operator of the vehicle had a suspended driver's license.

Deputies say they also smelled a strong odor coming from the vehicle and the driver, identified as 27-year-old Candace Patrice Roberson or Monroe, LA, told them she had smoked marijuana earlier in the day.

After gaining permission to search the vehicle, authorities reportedly found two bundles of suspected high-grade marijuana weighing about 2 pounds with a potential street value of $3,000. Deputies also reportedly found $350 in cash.

As a result, Roberson was taken into custody and charged with possession of CDS schedule I marijuana with intent to distribute, speeding and driving under suspension.

The passenger, 24-year-old DeShawn Depree Lee of Sacramento, California, was also arrested and charged with possession of CDS schedule I marijuana with intent to distribute - second offense.

Authorities say Lee was on a felony probation for a narcotics conviction in California and was also arrested by Alexandria police in December of 2015.

Roberson and Lee were both booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center. Roberson's bond is set at $10,000, while Lee's bond is set at $20,000.

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