Grambling man faces drug charges

A Grambling man was arrested by West Monroe Police Sunday after a traffic stop led to the recovery of drugs.

About 11:50 p.m. Sunday night, West Monroe Police stopped a 2012 Ford F-150 pickup bearing a switched license plate on Thomas Road. When officers approached the truck, they smelled a strong odor of marijuana from inside.

Police searched the vehicle and located marijuana, Adderall, hydrocodone, a loaded handgun, and $29,238 in cash.

The driver, Devontree M. Jackson, 29, of Grambling, denied any knowledge of the drugs, the handgun, or the cash found in the vehicle. He said he was unaware the truck’s license plate had been switched.

A passenger, Samuel J. Nicholas, 33, of Baton Rouge, also denied knowledge of the contraband.

Jackson and Nicholas were arrested. Jackson was booked for possession with intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance, two counts of possession of a controlled dangerous substance, illegal carrying a weapon in the presence of narcotics, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Bail was set at $46,000 for each man.

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