LPSO deputies make weapons arrests

The Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Department logged two arrests over the weekend involving weapons.

At about 4:40 p.m. Friday afternoon, Deputy D. Johnston stopped a vehicle on Louisiana Highway 151 for traffic violations. During the stop, the deputy found a loaded rifle in the stopped car and learned the driver, Ronald E. Moon, 53, of Dubach, was a convicted felon prohibited from possessing a firearm. 

Moon was arrested and ammunition for the rifle was found in his pants pocket and on the passenger side floorboard of the car.

Moon was booked at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center for possession of a firearm by a person convicted of certain felonies, improper lane usage, and obstruction to driver’s windshield. Bail was set at $40,000. 

A traffic stop Saturday night by Deputy S. Carr led to a second firearms arrest. At about 11:20 p.m., Carr stopped a car with an extremely loud exhaust on U.S. 167 in Vienna. Upon speaking with the driver, the deputy smelled marijuana emanating from the vehicle. 

The driver, Tyron Charles, 20, of Baldwin, Louisiana, was asked if there was any marijuana in the vehicle. Charles reportedly responded by pulling a clear plastic baggie of suspected marijuana from his pocket. 

A search of the vehicle revealed a firearm, multiple marijuana cigarettes, and cigarette rolling trays containing suspected marijuana. The firearm, found under the driver’s seat, was checked through the National Crime Information Center system and found to be reported stolen.

Charles was booked at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center for illegal possession of a stolen firearm, illegal carrying of a weapon, modified exhaust system, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and two outstanding warrants held by the Ruston Police Department.

The nature of the two warrants was not immediately available. As of Monday afternoon, Charles remained in custody in lieu of bail of $46,000. 

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