Traffic violation leads to arrest of convicted felon

A motorist without a visible license plate was arrested early Sunday morning, prompting numerous traffic and weapons charges.

Ruston Police Lt. Thomas Bailey stopped a car with no visible license plate on West Alabama Ave. about 1:00 a.m. Sunday morning. An Arkansas temporary tag was displayed in the back window but was unreadable from the patrol car. 

The driver, Ke’Travion Markees Smith, 23, of Dubach, could not produce valid proof of insurance on the vehicle. While speaking with the driver, Lt. Bailey smelled a strong odor consistent with raw marijuana coming from the vehicle.

A records check revealed an arrest warrant for Smith held by the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Smith was arrested and the vehicle was searched.

During the search, a handgun was found under the front passenger seat. A small amount of green marijuana and digital scales were found in the center console. An open cold bottle of beer was located on the rear floorboard.

Smith was taken to the Lincoln Parish Detention Center where he was booked for improper display of a license plate, no proof of insurance, open container, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and the Lincoln Parish warrant. 

Bail was set at $375,000. 

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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