One arrested in drugs sting
Seized by police
A Franklin area man was arrested Monday on narcotics charges.
St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division agents, in conjunction with the Lafayette Metro Narcotics Division, conducted an investigation into large amounts of synthetic cannabinoids reportedly being manufactured at a residence and sold at an aromatherapy store in Lafayette.
In this joint investigation, investigators simultaneously executed search warrants at Olabisi Aromas LLC, owned by Mark Ruffin Sr., 40, located at Ruffin’s residence at 2465 Irish Bend Road.
During the search by the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office, narcotics detectives reportedly located a synthetic cannabinoid manufacturing operation. Among the items seized were synthetic cannabinoids with an estimated street value of $10,000, three hand guns, digital scales, approximately 10,000 small foil bags, more than five pounds of green vegetative material, suspected synthetic cannabinoid powder, large amounts of flavor sprays and Lortab pills.
Ruffin was not at the residence at the time of the search. Narcotics detectives discovered a designated area in the residence where Ruffin was believed to be mixing the synthetic cannabinoids and packaging the illegal drugs for sale.
During the investigation detectives seized more than $83,000. The money, believed to be derived from drug proceeds, was seized pending forfeiture. Ruffin has been convicted of certain felonies that prohibit him from possessing any firearms. The investigation is ongoing. Ruffin also has charges pending in Lafayette.
Ruffin turned himself in and was charged locally with a warrant on charges of possession of synthetic marijuana with intent to distribute, manufacture of a Schedule I drug, transactions involving drug proceeds, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm in the presence of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of a Schedule III drug.
Bond was set at $305,000.