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March 13 12:06 AM

Wrongly parked car leads to $23K in Meth


SPRINGHILL, La. — Springhill Police seized hundreds of grams of Methamphetamine and $5,500 from the purse of a woman whose vehicle was illegally parked in a handicap zone at a local Dollar General Store around 9 p.m. Wednesday.

The discovery led to the arrest of 20-year-old Reiny Ratliff, of the 300 block of South Park Drive in Springhill.

According to Springhill Police Chief Will Lynd, authorities were in the process of issuing a citation to Ratliff for illegally parking in a handicap zone prior to her arrest. However, Ratliff was unable to immediately locate her driver’s license and began acting nervous.

“When the officer opened the passenger-side door she (Ratliff) became nervous and broke into a sweat,” Lynd said.

Lynd added that at some point Ratliff also began clinching her purse as well.

During a search of the vehicle authorities seized a bracelet displaying the word “DOPE” and subsequently found the  belongings of Ratliff’s purse to contain thousands of dollars a massive amount of Methamphetamine — 234 grams, which Lynd says has a street value of at least $23,400.

“Meth has a street value of roughly $100 per gram,” Lynd said. “In some places it is valued at $120 per gram.”

According to the parish jail — Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center, where Ratliff has been booked in, she is charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine over 28 grams; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Resisting an Officer;  Parking in a Handicap Zone; and Expired Inspection Sticker.

Bond has been set at $77,000. 

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