Drug, weapon violations found on traffic stop

A Bernice man was arrested by sheriff’s deputies Thursday afternoon after his vehicle was stopped for traffic violations.

Lincoln Parish Deputy D. Johnston observed a truck northbound on U.S.167 at a high rate of speed. The truck did not display a license plate and its windows were tinted too darkly to see inside.

The truck was stopped at U.S. 167 at Rabb Rd. When the driver opened the door since his window would not roll down, Deputy Johnston smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. A shotgun was seen lying across the passenger seat.

The driver, who first identified himself as Jared Lee, 22, could not produce a driver’s license and appeared extremely nervous. It was determined the truck was uninsured and not registered. A search of the vehicle revealed loose marijuana in the center console, a 9 mm pistol between the center console and the driver seat, a .22 revolver under the driver seat, and a small bag of suspected cocaine in the driver’s wallet in the center console.

In a safe in the back passenger side of the vehicle, two large plastic bags were found labeled “girl scout cookies” and “wedding cake” containing a large amount of marijuana, two trays for rolling cigarettes and a digital scale with suspected marijuana residue.

Further investigation identified the driver as Tyler K. Lee, 27. He was booked at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, illegal possession of a firearm during a during commission of a drug felony, resisting an officer by giving false information, driving under suspension, no insurance, failure to register a vehicle, excessive window tint, and speeding.

Bail was set at $80,000.

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