Afternoon traffic stop leads to numerous charges

A Ruston man is facing a slew of charges after Ruston Police found drugs and an illegal gun in his vehicle during a traffic stop.

On Sunday at about 1:30 p.m., RPD Officer K. Davidson saw a 2016 gray Mercedes run a stop sign on Garden Street. When Davidson stopped the car, she saw the driver reaching into the passenger side floorboard numerous times. When the officer approached, she smelled a strong odor commonly associated with raw marijuana coming from the car.

When the driver, Jordan Spencer, 19, of Ruston, stepped out of the car, one of his hands was clinched. The officer asked him to open his hand, which revealed raw marijuana.

Spencer was arrested and a search of the Mercedes led to the recovery of a 9mm handgun with the serial number removed, additional marijuana, a box of ziplock bags, three Schedule II pills, and $2,522 in cash.

When officers attempted to place Spence in the back of a patrol car, he resisted. Once in the vehicle, he was transported to the Lincoln Parish Detention Center and booked for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number, illegal carry of a weapon in the presence of a controlled substance, resisting an officer, disobeying a stop sign, and failure to use turn signal.

The type of Schedule II drug was not identified in the booking affidavit.

Spencer’s bail of $53,500 was posted and he was released later that day.


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