A traffic stop for a burnt out license plate light turned into a drug arrest for Webster Parish authorities.
Webster Parish Sheriff’s Deputy Troy Walker conducted the traffic stop Thursday around 11 p.m., on Highway 160 at Firetower Road. The deputy made contact with the driver and asked him for his information and driver’s license.
At that time, he smelled what he believed to be marijuana emitting from inside the vehicle. Consent to search was given, according to reports. During the search of the vehicle, Walker reportedly discovered a gallon-size Ziploc bag of suspected marijuana and a scale believed to be used to weigh it underneath the rear seat.
A passenger, identified as Jadarrius Rashad Strickland, 21, of the 200 block of Boucher Extension in Cullen, reportedly claimed ownership of the suspected marijuana and the scale. Strickland was placed under arrest for possession of Schedule I CDS with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Reports indicate the driver was cited for no tag light.
Strickland was transported to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.