Morgan City Police: Man wanted to pay for carnival game with pot

MORGAN CITY, La. -- A Morgan City man was charged with possession of marijuana after carnival workers at the Shrimp and Petroleum Festival said the man attempted to pay for a carnival game with a bag of marijuana, Morgan City Police Chief Travis Crouch said in a news release.

Antonio Marcus Campbell, 25, of Brashear Avenue in Morgan City, was arrested at 8:45 p.m. Thursday for possession of marijuana and violation of uniform controlled dangerous substance law.

An officer working the fairground area during the Louisiana Shrimp & Petroleum Festival observed a man take an object from his pants pocket that appeared to be a cellophane bag containing suspected marijuana, show the object to a fair worker and then place it back into his pocket, Crouch said.

Officers detained the man, identified as Campbell, near the corner of Second Street and Brashear Avenue. During the officers’ questioning and investigation, a cellophane bag containing suspected marijuana was located in Campbell’s pocket as the officer had observed, Crouch said.

According to workers at the fairgrounds, Campbell approached the carnival worker and attempted to pay to play the carnival game with the illegal substance, Crouch said. When he was told they took only money, he attempted to leave before being detained, Crouch said. The area in which the incident occurred was within 1,000 feet of an elementary school, resulting in an additional charge on Campbell. He was taken to the police department and released after posting $1,384 bail.

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