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Rayville PD makes pair of drug arrests

The Rayville Police have made a pair of drug arrests this week.

Rayville K-9 Officer Justin Spillers was dispatched to Cottonland RV Park in reference to a two-vehicle accident Aug. 23.

Upon arrival, Spillers made contact with the drivers of the vehicles and began gathering information about the incident.  While interviewing the drivers, Spillers noticed that one of the drivers, Allen Guilliams, was displaying signs of intoxication.  When the officer questioned Guilliams about alcohol or drug use prior to the accident, he denied any substance use.  However, upon searching the vehicle, narcotics were discovered.

Guilliams, 28, of 144 L. Boyett Road, Dodson, was charged with possession of Schedule IV CDS and careless operation with accident.

Rayville Police Chief Willie Robinson would like to commend K-9 Officer Justin Spillers for his handling of this incident.

“If Justin had not been paying attention to Guilliams’ behavior, this arrest would not have been made,” the chief said. “Drivers who operate vehicles while under the influence of drugs or alcohol are a danger to everyone else in the community.”

Chief Robinson advised all motorists to refrain from using drugs or alcohol before getting behind the wheel of a car. 

“If you know you’re going to be ingesting something that will affect your abilities, please be safe – let someone drive you home,” he said.

In another incident, the Rayville Police Department received a anonymous call in reference to an unidentified black male sitting in a vehicle in front of Richland Centre apartments on Aug. 17. The caller stated that the male subject appeared to be bagging up marijuana.

Investigator Amanda Wilhite responded to the call.  Upon arrival, Wilhite made contact with the suspect who was later identified as Patrick Ball, 24, of 202 Leo St., Rayville.  During the course of the encounter, Wilhite confiscated marijuana and drug paraphernalia and arrested Ball on charges of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Chief Robinson would like to commend Wilhite for her quick response to this call which led to the arrest.

“If Investigator Wilhite had not arrived on the scene quickly, the opportunity to arrest a drug user and remove the illegal drugs from the streets would have been lost,” the chief said. 

Chief Robinson also stated that the anonymous call was instrumental in making this arrest. 

“I encourage all citizens of Rayville: If you have knowledge of a crime in progress or a crime that has been committed in the past, please call my office with that information,” the chief said. “Your call might be the deciding factor in bringing criminals in this town to justice.”