On July 20th , 2018, Rapides Sheriff's Metro Narcotics Division, in an enforcement effort conducted in conjunction with LA Probation and Parole Agents, seized suspected THC syrup, marijuana, suspected THC “E cigarette” cartridges, $3,618.00 in cash and something seen for the first time in central Louisiana, “Moon Rocks”.

Metro Agents, while working Probation and Parole Agents, began the investigation at 3819 Mertens Street, Pineville, LA.  Probation and Parole Agents had contacted Zachary Denzel Rhone at his residence where two bottles of suspected promethazine or THC syrup, a .32 caliber pistol and a Xanax pill was located in Rhone’s possession.  Rhone had $3,618.00 cash on his person, which was also seized.  Through their investigation, agents discovered a link to 2204 7thStreet in Alexandria. 

Upon arrival at the 7th Street location, agents located suspected marijuana buds on the porch in plain view.  A search warrant was obtained for the residence and when served inside the home, agents discovered a jar containing nearly a pound of a substance with a street name of “moon rocks”

Moon rock” is compressed, very high THC content of marijuana, soaked in THC oil, then covered in Kief (the dry pollen from Cannabis plants) and Trichromes (the crystal like THC substance from marijuana buds). The THC content of “moon rocks” can reach 50%.  Normal marijuana THC content can range from 5% into the 20% range.  On the continued search of the residence, agents located a plastic bag and pill bottle that both contained more “moon rocks” and a bag of suspected marijuana weighing just over an two ounces was found along with assorted documents implicating Rhone.   Agents located numerous suspected THC cartridges for an E-Cigarette device and a .38 caliber revolver hidden in the couch.

Rhone was transported to the Rapides Parish Detention Center and booked on the below charges. Bond is currently set at $98,000, however no bond has been set on the Louisiana fugitive charges from warrants out of Lafayette Parish.

Agents believe this is the first contact of “moon rocks” in central Louisiana as seizures of it has been reported in other parts of the country.  According to research, “Moon rocks” have a common street value of $1,500.00 per ounce.