NATCHITOCHES, LA (KSLA) - An investigation into reports of gunshots led to the arrest of a man on firearms and narcotics charges.
It happened Sunday evening in the Natchitoches Parish town of Campti.
Residents told sheriff's deputies that a man nicknamed "Sweat" got out of a black Cadillac on Sherry Circle and fired a handgun several times about 6:29 p.m.
That nickname is known to be associated with Gerald Demond Smith, a 31-year-old Campti resident who drives a black Cadillac and whom law officers knew from previous encounters, authorities said.
Deputies found a black 2004 Cadillac DeVille parked in the 100 block of Adkins Street in Campti. Smith was in the vehicle. He appeared very uneasy and began to move around suspiciously.
When deputies asked Smith for permission to search the vehicle, he opened the door and they reportedly saw a container of suspected marijuana and a bottle containing several narcotic pills in plain view.
Smith then became uncooperative and began to walk up to the deputy who was searching the vehicle, the sheriff's office reports. When the backup deputy stopped him, a brief struggle ensued and Smith was taken into custody.
Deputies reportedly found a loaded Cobra .32-caliber semi-automatic pistol, a Hi-Point .40-caliber semi-automatic handgun, 9 suspected hydrocodone pills and 8 pink packages containing about 80 grams of suspected synthetic marijuana commonly called "mojo" in the vehicle.
They also seized 6 baggies containing suspected marijuana on the ground where Smith was standing, the sheriff's office reports.
Smith, of the 200 block of Barnum Street, was booked into Natchitoches Parish Detention Center on 2 each of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, resisting an officer with force and illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He also is charged with 1 count each of possession of hydrocodone, a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance, illegal use of a firearm, illegal possession of firearms during a narcotics offense and criminal obstruction of justice plus a probation violation.
At the time of his arrest, Smith already was on probation until 2019 for a prior conviction on a charge of illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Assisting with the investigation are Natchitoches Multijurisdictional Drug Task Force agents.