Traffic stop finds convicted felon

A stop Tuesday morning resulted in the arrest of a Dubach man on numerous traffic and criminal charges.

Lincoln Parish Deputy D. Fleming observed a semi-truck and trailer commit a lane violation and noticed the trailer did not have a license plate. When the vehicle pulled into a convenience store, the deputy contacted the driver, Kenneth Ray Richards, 36, who said he knew was wanted on a warrant.

Richards was arrested and a K-9 drug detection dog performed an “open-air sniff” of the truck. The K-9 alerted on the vehicle and a search was conducted. A Smith & Wesson handgun was found in a coat pocket on the seat. A glass smoking pipe with suspected methamphetamine was discovered in a bag between the driver’s and passenger’s seats.

The firearm was determined to have been stolen in Ouachita Parish.

Richards was booked at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center for illegal possession of a stolen firearm, convicted felon in possession of a firearm, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamine, improper lane usage, no license plate, and the outstanding warrant. 

The nature of the outstanding arrest warrant was not immediately available. Bail was set  at $179,000.

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