A traffic stop near Clarence on Wednesday afternoon has led to the arrests of three people, two on felony narcotics charges and one for simple burglary according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones Jr.
On Wednesday afternoon April 15 at approximately 3:45pm, Deputies assigned to the NPSO Special Task Impact Patrol Unit stopped a 2006 Cadillac SRX on La. Hwy 1226 near the Trichel community for a traffic violation.
Deputies identified the driver of the vehicle and learned he did not have a driver’s license.
Four passengers were in the vehicle. Three were identified as Kenny D. Bynog, Rachelle Racine, and Rufus I. Dunn.
A local warrants check revealed Bynog was wanted by the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office on an outstanding criminal warrant for Simple Burglary in connection with the March 29, 2020 burglary of Manning Storage Buildings on St. Maurice Lane in Natchitoches. Taken in the burglary were tools, pressure washers and other assorted items.
Bynog was placed under arrest.
During the traffic stop, deputies observed indicators that led them to believe criminal activity existed.
Deputies obtained permission to search the vehicle and occupants.
During a search deputies seized several grams of suspected methamphetamine with a potential street value over $1000 and half of a suspected alprazolm narcotic pill after Racine handed them the illegal narcotics from her pants.
Deputies also seized a loaded syringe and drug paraphernalia.
Racine admitted that Dunn handed her the illegal narcotics just prior to the traffic stop.
* Kenny Dewayne Bynog, 36, of the 1700 block of Johnson Chute Road, Natchitoches transported and booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with Simple Burglary.
Detectives other charges are pending on Bynog as they investigate other burglaries he may have been involved in near Natchitoches.
*Rachell Racine, 40, of the 9600 block of Hwy 71, Montgomery transported and booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with Possession of CDS Schedule II Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute, Illegal Possession of CDS Schedule IV Alprazolam, Criminal Obstruction of Justice and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
A Tenth Judicial District Court Judge has set bond on Racine at $18,000 dollars.
*Rufus I. Dunn, 43, of the 200 block of McGinty Road, Montgomery transported and booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with Possession of CDS Schedule II Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute-2nd Offense, Illegal Possession of CDS Schedule IV Alprazolam, Criminal Obstruction of Justice, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Open Container.
A Tenth Judicial District Court Judge set bond on Dunn at $28,500, however, a probation hold has been placed by State Probation and Parole.
Natchitoches Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force Agents were contacted and assisted in the investigation.
The seized evidence will be submitted to the crime lab for narcotics analysis.
The driver and other passenger were released at the scene.
Sheriff Victor Jones and Sheriff-elect Stuart Wright both commented although we are experiencing unprecedented circumstances involving COVID-19 our deputies are equipped with PPE equipment when dealing illegal activity-we are prepared and ready to respond to any situation, we are not going to allow criminals to just roam free in Natchitoches Parish, if you are thinking about committing a crime, transporting or selling illegal narcotics expect our deputies and task force agents to take the appropriate action.”
If you observe suspicious activity contact the NPSO at 352-6432, or narcotics activity at 357-2248.