At approximately 10:00 a.m. on March 27, 2017 a Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office (RRPSO) deputy initiated a traffic stop on Ringgold Ave. in Coushatta after observing an unrestrained passenger in a moving vehicle. As the deputy approached the vehicle to make contact with the driver, a strong odor consistent with the smell of marijuana emanated from the car.

A subsequent search of the vehicle yielded the following: 26 individually packaged baggies of suspected marijuana, cigars typically used to roll marijuana, clear baggies used for packaging, 2 digital scales and a .40 caliber handgun. In total, the suspected marijuana amounted to 30 grams.

Derrick Jones, B/M, age 21 of the 1700 block of Brittain St., Coushatta, LA was placed under arrest without incident and transported to the Red River Parish Jail. He was booked on charges of: Possession of Schedule I Marijuana with Intent to Distribute, Possession of Firearm in the Presence of a Controlled Dangerous Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Jones posted an $8,000 bond on March 29, 2017 and was released pending a trial date.

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