Marijuana found on traffic stops

Ruston Police arrested two men Friday in separate incidents after amounts of marijuana typically associated with trafficking were found in their vehicles.

Ke’Taurean Fields, 23, of Ruston, was stopped Friday afternoon for excessive tint on his windows. Sergeant D. Castaneda smelled a strong odor of suspected marijuana coming from inside the car. Both Fields and a passenger claimed only a smoked “joint” was in the car.

During a search, Castaneda found a bag containing over 116 grams of suspected marijuana.

Fields claimed ownership of the marijuana and was arrested for possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute. He was booked at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center and bail was set at $20,000.

Gregory Prince, 21, of Ruston, was stopped for excessive window tint Friday afternoon.

A plume of smoke smelling of burning marijuana was seen when Prince rolled down his windows as officers approached.

Upon questioning, Prince said he had a handgun in the vehicle but no other drugs. As Prince was looking for paperwork, officers saw two bags of suspected marijuana in the center console.

A search of the vehicle recovered a box of plastic bags, a tray used for weighing marijuana and digital scales. A Glock 43 9mm pistol was also recovered.

Prince was booked at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, illegal possession of a firearm in the presence of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Bail was set at $46,500.

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