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Deputies Discover Over $2,000 of Marijuana during Seat Belt Checkpoint

Deputies Discover Over $2,000 of Marijuana during Seat Belt Checkpoint

The Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office reported that deputies discovered over $2,000 in high-grade marijuana during a seat belt checkpoint in Bayou Blue on Wednesday, October 29th.

Vahn Butler, 24, of Houma and Tonia Parfait, 24, of Bayou Blue were arrested after deputies found over 100 grams of marijuana, as well as other drugs and a loaded firearm.

Deputies were conducting a seat belt checkpoint along the northbound lane of LA Highway 316 near Meadowland Drive when they noticed a van wherein a small child was not properly restrained. Deputies stopped the vehicle and immediately detected a strong odor of suspected marijuana inside the vehicle. Upon questioning the occupants of the vehicle, the passenger, Tonia Parfait, admitted to having just smoked a marijuana cigar and handed it to the deputies. The rear passenger, Vahn Butler, appeared to be extremely nervous. He denied having anything illegal, but upon exiting the vehicle, he placed a large amount of money on the rear seat, which was later determined to be $886. Upon searching the vehicle, deputies discovered an insulated lunch box containing several glass jars, and each jar contained small individual bags of high-grade marijuana.

They also discovered 8 Xanax pills, a container of liquid Promethazine with Codeine, a loaded handgun, and various drug paraphernalia. Butler admitted to deputies that those items belonged to him. Deputies later determined there to be approximately 113 grams of marijuana, which has a street value of around $2,260.

Both Butler and Parfait and were placed under arrest and transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux. Butler was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and xanax (alprazolam), possession of a Schedule V controlled dangerous substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession illegal use of a controlled dangerous substance in the presence of a person under 17, and illegal carrying of a weapon in the presence of a controlled dangerous substance. He is being held in lieu of $20,750 bond as set by Judge Jerome J. Barbera, III.

Parfait, meanwhile, was booked on charges of illegal use of a controlled dangerous substance in the presence of a person under 17 and possession of marijuana. She was released after posting $1,000 bond as set by Judge Barbera.