Traffic stop leads to drug charges

A Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Officer made a routine traffic stop that turned into an arrest for multiple drug charges.

A LPSO deputy was conducting normal patrol duties when a vehicle that failed to stop at a red light at North Trenton and the North Service Road was spotted. The vehicle also changed lanes without a turn signal. 

The deputy then initiated a traffic stop and contacted the driver, Travis J. Kennington, 34, of Ruston, who stepped out of the vehicle to talk further with the deputy. The deputy found a clear plastic baggie filled with suspected methamphetamine on Kennington’s person. Kennington was then restrained and placed in the patrol unit. 

The deputy then made contact with Kennington’s passenger while a probable cause search of the vehicle was performed. A male juvenile was also in the backseat and came out of the vehicle while the search was performed. The deputy found a glass smoking pipe in the driver’s side door panel and a glass jar filled with suspected marijuana in a bag on the rear seat. Kennington said he owned the items.

Kennington was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and illegal use of a controlled dangerous substance in the presence of a minor. Bond was set at $5,000.

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