K-9 finds drugs on traffic stop

A local man was arrested Monday about noon after he was stopped for a traffic violation and drugs were found during a search.

Deputy S. Carr of the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office saw a vehicle backing down La. Highway 33 near La. 3072. The vehicle was halfway on the shoulder and halfway in the southbound lane of the highway.

The vehicle was stopped and Justin Pendarvis, 28, of Ruston was identified as the driver.

During the course of the investigation, a drug detection K-9 conducted an open air sniff around the vehicle and alerted to the odor of a controlled substance. During the search, a glass pipe with suspected methamphetamine residue was found under the driver’s seat. A bag of methamphetamine was found in Pendarvis’ wallet taken from his pocket.

Pendarvis was booked at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center for possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and improper backing.

Bail was set at $10,000.

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