RPD finds drugs during traffic stop

A Ruston Police officer conducted a traffic stop June 12 that led to the arrest of a Ruston man for possession charges.

Driver Ja’ren Johnson, 29, was not wearing his seatbelt, which initiated the traffic stop at Clinton Circle in Ruston. 

When Johnson exited his vehicle, the officer gave loud commands for Johnson to present his hands. Johnson had closed his door after emerging from his vehicle, but the officer detected an overpowering odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.

Johnson appeared visibly nervous, and the officer instructed him several times to place his hands on the vehicle.

A search of Johnson himself initially resulted in a small semi-clear baggie in his right sock that contained a miniscule amount of marijuana and three pills. Johnson also said he had a small bag of marijuana on his person as well as more marijuana and pills in the car. 

A search of his person resulted in 16.5 grams of marijuana. A search of the vehicle yielded 8 grams of marijuana, nine hydrocodone pills, as well as other pills. 

Johnson was booked at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center for three charges of Schedule IV drugs, one charge of possession of Schedule II drugs, and possession of marijuana. 

This information has been provided by a law enforcement agency as public information. Persons named or shown in photographs or video as suspects in a criminal investigation, or arrested and charged with a crime, have not been convicted of any criminal offense and are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

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