Pineville men arrested for having “strawberry meth”

By EverythingCenla staff

Two Pineville men were arrested on drug charges after they fled authorities who were trying to issue a warrant for one of them, according to Sheriff Charles F. Wagner.

Parish narcotics agents went to 129 LaCroix Rd., Pineville with a warrant for Travis Ray LaCroix, 49.

As agents approached the residence, a vehicle with LaCroix inside, began to leave. The vehicle refused to stop when agents tried to stop it.

The vehicle, driven by Donald Ray Selby, 51, 3108 Rigolette Rd., continued for about a mile before stopping. During the flight, someone in the vehicle allegedly threw two bags of suspected methamphetamine. Authorities reported the bags weighed about 30 grams, with a value of $4,500.

The common name for the meth found is strawberry meth because of its pink tint. Parish narcotics agents said they received information in 2009 that meth makers were adding color to the drug to make it more attractive for younger users. Agents said they don’t suspect the meth has any added flavor.

Nevertheless, agents are concerned about any drug that is made more attractive to young people. Meth can be made to have the appearance of rock candy, but usually will have a bitter chemical smell.

Meanwhile, LaCroix and Selby were booked into the Rapides Parish Jail on charges of possession of Controlled Dangerous Substance II to distribute and obstruction of justice.

Selby was also charged with failure to signal and flight from an officer.

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