Two arrested on traffic stop

Two men were arrested early Monday morning after a traffic stop revealed drugs.

Shortly before 2 a.m., Deputy D. Johnston observed a vehicle weaving from side to side on LA Highway 33 near Hodges Road. When advised of the violation, the driver, Donnie M. Heard, 35, of Ruston, said the car’s suspension was bad. A records check revealed Heard did not have a driver’s license and was wanted on two warrants held by the City of Ruston. He was noncommittal when deputies asked to search the car.

Heard was arrested and a drug canine came to the scene to conduct an open-air “sniff” around the car. The K-9 alerted to the presence of narcotics in the car. Suspected cocaine and marijuana were found in several locations in the vehicle. 

Due to the location of the suspected drugs in the vehicle, Heard and Ryterion J. Fields, 22, of Strong, Ark., were arrested. A third person, Carrie Archie, was issued summonses for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Fields was booked for possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. In addition to those three charges, Heard was also booked for no driver’s license, open container, improper lane usage, and warrants for speeding and no driver’s license.

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