Scavenging report leads to drug arrest

A West Monroe woman was arrested early Friday morning after a Lincoln Parish deputy found her in a trash dumpster with a flashlight.

In responding to a call of a suspicious vehicle at about 3:30 a.m., Deputy D. Johnston found Leah Fancher, 48, in a trash dumpster at the intersection of U.S. Highway 80 and Pleasant Grove Road. Fancher reportedly stated she and a passenger were throwing things away.

When asked if there were any firearms or drugs in her truck, Fancher admitted to some Klonopin in the vehicle. Klonopin is a brand name for a highly addictive prescription drug.

A records check revealed Fancher was wanted in West Feliciana Parish for contempt of court by not appearing on charges of possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, improper lane usage, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

A search of Fancher’s truck revealed six suspected Klonopin tablets, one suspected Xanax bar, multiple injection needles, glass smoking pipes, a bottle of Cetirizine HCl and two bottles of Divalproex prescribed to other people, a digital scale, and containers of suspected buspirone hydrochloride and promethazine tablets.

Fancher was booked at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center for scavenging in violation of a Lincoln Parish ordinance and two counts of possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance, possession of a Schedule V substance, two counts of possession of a legend drug, and the West Feliciana warrant. Bail on the local charges was set at $6,500.


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