Drugs left in open sight inside of vehicle at motel leads to Ruston’s man arrest

Darrius Livingston mug shot courtesy of the LPSO/LPDC

By T. Scott Boatright

A call about an individual using drugs at Lincoln Motel resulted in a Ruston man facing multiple charges after being arrested early Tuesday morning.

Darrius Livingston, 30, faces charges of possession of a Schedule II drug, possession of drug paraphernalia and violation of a protective order.

Livingston’s arrest affidavit says that when Ruston Police Department officers arrived at Lincoln Motel around midnight Tuesday morning they observed what was later determined to be Livingston’s vehicle in the southwester corner of the parking lot there.

The arrest report says the vehicle was unoccupied but that there was possible drugs and scales laying in plain view inside of it. Officers reported attempted to locate the driver of the vehicle and while waiting for the registered owner to arrive the motel manager told them that the driver was staying in one of the rooms there.

Officers then made contract with Livingston, who was reportedly advised of his Miranda rights, which he allegedly said he understood.

Livingston reported told officers he grove to the motel around midnight and stayed with a female in one of the roome and allegedly told them there were no weapons inside the room or the vehicle.

Upon a search of the vehicle officers reported finding a suspected methamphetamine pipe with some of the drug in it along with multiple digital scales. The officers also reported finding a Remington .22 rifle inside the vehicle.

The female Livingston was staying reportedly gave consent to search her room, where officers reportedly found a Sig Sauer 9 mmm pistol underneath a pile of clothes.

Livingston was then reportedly handcuffed and transported to the Lincoln Parish Detention Center.

Bond for Livingston was set at $25,000.

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