Man arrested with synthetic marijuana

A Ruston man was arrested Monday afternoon when a vehicle he was a passenger in was stopped by Ruston Police.

At about 2:00 p.m. on Labor Day, a RPD officer observed Gregory McConnell, 22, open his vehicle door and throw out a bottle. The vehicle traveled north on Vienna Street with the passenger door open. The vehicle was stopped and as the officer approached, the driver was heard yelling at McConnell to “get that *** dope out of my vehicle.” 

The driver said McConnell had “weed” in his pocket and he was trying to hide it in the vehicle. When McConnell stepped out of the vehicle at the officer’s direction, he was allegedly holding a ziplock bag with approximately 16 grams of synthetic marijuana. He handed over the bag and was placed under arrest. 

McConnell was booked at the Lincoln Detention Center for possession of synthetic marijuana with intent to sell. 

Bail had not been set as of press time.

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