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Crime Roundup: Florida man arrested in drug bust

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Karl Rankine. (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriffs Office) Karl Rankine. (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriffs Office)
Joseph Guillory. (Source: Sulphur Police Department) Joseph Guillory. (Source: Sulphur Police Department)
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A Florida man has been arrested following a traffic stop by detectives with the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (CAT Team).

According to investigators, 28-year-old Karl M. Rankine of Tamarack, Fla., was pulled over on May 1 for a traffic violation while traveling eastbound on Interstate 10 between Vinton and Sulphur.

When detectives confronted Rankine, he began to act suspiciously. Detectives asked for permission to search his car, and he refused.

K9 "Mako," a drug detection dog, was allowed to sniff the air around the car and made a positive response, authorities said.

"A search was conducted, and a black suitcase containing approximately five pounds of marijuana wrapped in cellophane and duct tape, with an estimated street value of $6,000, was recovered from the trunk of the car," said Kim Myers, spokeswoman for the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office.

"Rankine had an active warrant for his arrest for the charge of armed robbery in Broward County, Florida," Myers said.

Rankine was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center on charges of possession of a CDS I drug (marijuana) with intent to distribute.

Rankine's bond was set at $50,000 by Judge Robert Wyatt.


Arrests

The following arrests were reported by the Sulphur Police Department for May 1-5:

• Joseph Freeman Guillory, 25, of Orange, Texas, was arrested and booked into the Sulphur City Jail on charges of possession and distribution of CDS schedule I drugs, possession and distribution of CDS schedule II drugs, aggravated flight from an officer, possession of a firearm by a felon, no driver's license, traffic control signal, possession of drug paraphernalia and firearm in proximity of CDS drugs.

• Dana Rachelle Myers, 30, of Sulphur, was arrested and booked into the Sulphur City Jail on a charge of disturbing the peace by public intoxication.

• Joshua Clint Burgess, 29, of Sulphur, was arrested and booked into the Sulphur City Jail on an outstanding bench warrant and a charge of contempt of court.

• Bryan Keith Fitzhugh, 47, of Sulphur, was arrested and booked into the Sulphur City Jail on a charge of disturbing the peace by public intoxication.

• Midai Bethany Lemmon, 17, of Sulphur, was arrested and booked into the Sulphur City Jail on a charge of theft of goods.

• Jordain Elise Slaydon, 24, of Sulphur, was arrested and booked into the Sulphur City Jail on a charge of theft of goods.

• Anthony Ray Joseph, 29, of Opelousas, was arrested and booked into the Sulphur City Jail on a charge of theft of goods.

• Michael Wayne Lazare, 41, of Lake Charles, was arrested and booked into the Sulphur City Jail ona charge of theft of goods.

 

The following recent arrests were reported by narcotics agents with the Acadia Parish Sheriff's Office:

• Arcenio Ned, 23, of Eunice was arrested and charged with possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, aggravated flight, no driver's license and no motor vehicle insurance.

• Dustin Habetz, 32, of Crowley, was charged with possession of Hydrocodone and possession cocaine. Bond: $11,000.

• Eddie Laughlin Jr., 34, of Crowley was arrested and charged with possession of suboxone, remaining after being forbidden, simple possession of marijuana. Bond: $25,000.

• Marcus Fontenot, 23, of Iota was arrested and charged with possession of Hydrocodone, possession of Soma, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving under suspension and speeding. Bond: $6,000.

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