A traffic stop by Louisiana State Police ended in two arrests and netted a kilo of suspected methamphetamine.
Sherman Maurice Gordon, 35, of the 700 block of NW 9th Drive in Okeechobee, Florida, was arrested for distribution of Schedule II CDS (methamphetamine), possession of a Schedule I CDS (marijuana), conspiracy to distribute a Schedule II CDS (methamphetamine), following too close and expired driver’s license. Bond was set at $52,900.
Benji Jermaine Patrick, 39, of the 6000 block of Landover Boulevard in Springhille, Florida, was arrested for possession with intent to distribute a Schedule II CDS, simple possession of a Schedule I CDS and conspiracy to sell a Schedule II CDS. Bond was set at $40,000.
State police pulled over a 2015 Chevrolet on Interstate 20, eastbound at mile marker 45 Tuesday, March 22, for reportedly following too closely.
Trooper First Class George Strickland noted the driver, identified as Gordon, and the passenger, identified as Patrick, appeared to be nervous. Troopers say both men in the vehicle gave inconsistent statements regarding their travel destination.
They asked for consent to search the vehicle, but Gordon declined. At that time, Master Trooper Rodger Cason came with his K-9 partner Rico, and he “alerted” on the vehicle.
A probable cause search of the vehicle was conducted, according to reports, and troopers discovered approximately 10 grams of what appeared to be marijuana in the center console of the vehicle and approximatly one kilo of suspected methamphetamine, also known as Ice, in the trunk.
Both suspects were placed under arrest and a background check revealed Gordon’s license to be expired, troopers said.