RPD traffic stop prompts arrest

A Ruston Police officer lodged numerous charges against a wanted Ruston man Thursday morning after a traffic stop revealed drugs in the car. 

At about 6:30 a.m., Officer Brandt Barton stopped a car for a running a stop sign at Bernard Street and East Mississippi Avenue.

Once the vehicle stopped, the driver exited the SUV and asked the officer not to do this to him before the officer had a chance to speak.

Barton approached the driver, identified as 40-year-old Franciscos R. Andrews of Ruston, and smelled a strong odor of marijuana. RPD Dispatch notified Barton that the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Department held three warrants for Andrews.

After Andrews was secured, a search of the car revealed a bag of suspected methamphetamine, a jar of suspected marijuana, drug paraphernalia and $462 in cash.

Andrews was booked at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center for driving under suspension, running a stop sign, possession of a Schedule I and Schedule II controlled substances and three bench warrants for failure to appear in court.  The bench warrants were for driving under suspension, flight from an officer, and improper lane usage.

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