Traffic stop clears warrants

Snowden, left; Phillips, right

Two men were arrested Sunday after a traffic stop by Lincoln Parish deputy sheriff. 

Shortly after midnight Sunday morning Deputy D. Johnston observed a vehicle with an equipment violation. The vehicle was stopped on U.S. Highway 80 near the Ruston city limits. Upon questioning the occupants, the driver stated he had a pistol under the driver seat. All the occupants were asked to step out of the vehicle. 

Deputy Johnson detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. A search yielded a marijuana cigarette under the driver’s seat as well as a blue plastic bag containing suspected marijuana in the glove box. 

Deputies observed one man identified as O’Shay Phillips, 21, of Grambling, stuffing suspected contraband inside his waistband. Phillips stated it was marijuana and retrieved a clear plastic bag of suspected marijuana from inside his pants. He was in placed under arrest. A check revealed that Phillips was wanted on a bench warrant from the city of Ruston for speeding. Another male in the vehicle, identified as Christopher Snowden, 22, had four bench warrants for his arrest through Third District Court and he was also arrested Phillips. Upon arrival at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center, Phillips told Deputy Johnson he had more marijuana in his pants and did not want to introduce contraband into the detention center. Another bag of marijuana was retrieved. Snowden was booked on the four warrants for flight from an officer, reckless operation, driving under suspension, and running a stop sign. Phillips was booked for the bench warrant, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and obstruction of justice.

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