RPD officer spots wanted drug suspect, takes his ‘mojo’

A Ruston police officer netted a man wanted on several felony warrants Sunday afternoon after spotting him at a southside convenience store.

Sergeant Kayla Loyd was on patrol near the B & B Mart at 601 Martin Luther King Drive when she saw Lantis Tatum, 24, of Ruston, walk into the store. Tatum was involved in an incident earlier in the day where he reportedly flashed a firearm at another convenience store.

Sgt. Loyd knew the Lincoln Parish Narcotics Enforcement Team (LPNET) held warrants on Tatum from earlier investigations and called backup officers to the store. Tatum was located and arrested in a back room of the store without incident.

On the way to the Lincoln Parish Detention Center, Tatum reportedly told an officer he had “mojo” in his underwear. The officer told Tatum it would be retrieved at the Detention Center.

During booking, officers discovered suspected crack cocaine, $22 in small bills, and 10.6 grams of a suspected illegal substance in small individual baggies in Tatum’s underwear.

Tatum was booked on three LPNET warrants for distribution of a Schedule I controlled substance, distribution of Ecstasy, and distribution of marijuana with a bail total of $95,000. Sgt. Loyd additionally charged him with possession with intent to distribute a Schedule I controlled substance and introduction of contraband into a penal institution. Bail had not been set on those charges as of Monday afternoon.

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