Texas woman arrested on I-20 stop

A Texas woman was arrested Monday morning after she was clocked traveling at 92 mph on Interstate 20.

Deputy D. Johnston of the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Department was working a speed detail Monday morning on Interstate 20 when he clocked a vehicle on radar traveling 22 miles per hour over the 70 mph speed limit. The gray Hyundai was stopped at the eastbound 77 mile marker of Interstate 20. While speaking with the driver, Deputy Johnston detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. A large amount of loose tobacco was observed on the center console which is often indicative of a practice of hollowing out cigars and inserting marijuana. 

The driver, Jessica D Ross, 33, of Houston Texas, was asked to step out of the vehicle. Upon questioning, Ross said there were no weapons and no narcotics inside the car.

A search revealed a Smith & Wesson pistol in a purse on the passenger seat. Also found in the vehicle were two clear plastic baggies containing suspected marijuana and one bag containing suspected Ecstasy tablets. 

Ross was placed under arrest and transported to the Lincoln Parish Detention Center. She was booked for speeding 92 mph in a 70 mph zone, expired vehicle registration, possession of MDMA (Ecstasy), possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and illegal carrying of a weapon during the commission of a drug felony. 

Bail was set at $42,500.

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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