Drug and Firearms Charges Grow Out of a Traffic Stop

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On November 12, 2017 a Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office (RRPSO) deputy initiated a traffic stop near the intersection of Hwy 1 and Hwy 371W in Armistead. While speaking with the driver, the deputy detected an odor of marijuana emanated from his person and vehicle.

During the course of the traffic stop, the driver admitted to possessing methamphetamine on his person. Approximately 1.4 grams of suspected methamphetamine was located on his person and seized as evidence. He also informed the deputy that two firearms were located in the trunk of the car. He was then taken into custody without incident.

A subsequent search of the vehicle yielded approximately 2 grams of suspected marijuana, a smoking pipe used for smoking illegal narcotics and a syringe which is commonly used for injecting illegal narcotics. A rifle and shotgun were also recovered from the vehicle. All items were collected as evidence and the subject was transported to the Red River Parish Jail for booking.

Benjamin Tucker, W/M, age 55 of the 7200 block of Brandtway Street, Shreveport, Louisiana was charged with two counts of Possession of Firearm in Presence of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS) and one count each of the following: Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Schedule II CDS, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Driving on Roadway Laned for Traffic.

On November 16, 2017 he posted a $20,000 bond and was released pending a trial date.

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