Traffic stop reveals drugs

A Jonesboro man was arrested by Ruston Police early Thursday morning after a traffic stop revealed suspected drug paraphernalia and drugs.

Shortly after midnight, RPD Officer stopped a car with an expired temporary license tag on South Farmerville Street. The driver, Dexter Birdon, 57, of Jonesboro appeared extremely nervous.

A search of the vehicle revealed two glass devices believed to be used to smoke controlled substances that contained suspected cocaine. Birdon was arrested and placed in a patrol car.

A few minutes later, it was discovered Birdon had taken off a shoe and sock. The sock and a small bag of suspected crack cocaine were found on the floor under the driver’s seat.

Birdon was booked at the detention center for possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and expired vehicle registration.

Birdon remains in custody pending $12,500 bail.

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