Suspended license prompts stop, arrest

Ruston police arrested a local man Sunday on multiple drug, weapon, and traffic charges.

At about 12:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon, Officer D. Smith saw a white Buick passing him. The driver attempted to hide his face as he passed the officer. Smith ran a license plate check which showed the registered owner had a suspended license.

The motorist stopped at a convenience store on South Farmerville St. and went inside. The DMV photograph on the record check of the vehicle registration matched the driver. 

When the driver exited the store and re-entered his car, the officer stopped him on McDonald Ave. and detected a strong odor of raw marijuana coming from the vehicle. 

The man said he did not have a driver’s license and identified himself as Gevonte Harris but the vehicle registration and the photograph the officer had seen was listed as Broadtavius Harris, 26, of Ruston.

A record check showed Harris was wanted on a Ruston city warrant for possession of marijuana. A handgun was found underneath the middle armrest. Also found in the vehicle was a small black digital scale and a “blunt roller” and pieces of raw marijuana. 

When asked where his marijuana was, Harris said it was on him and produced a clear bag of raw marijuana from inside his pants.

Harris was arrested on the warrant, illegal caring of a weapon in the presence of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving under suspension, no valid license plate, and no insurance.

Bail was set at $9,000.

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