Traffic stop yields stolen gun

Lincoln Parish sheriff’s deputies arrested a Ruston man last Tuesday after a stolen firearm was found in his vehicle.

Nicholas D. Moore, 30, of Ruston was stopped for failure to signal a turn from the service road on to North Vienna Street. During the course of the stop, Moore was asked if he had any firearms inside the vehicle. He hesitated and looked down to his right and said no.

An open air sniff around the outside of the vehicle with a K-9 narcotics dog indicated the presence of narcotics. Upon searching the vehicle, deputies found a Ruger .45 semi-auto pistol under the seat. A check of the serial number indicated it had been stolen in Claiborne Parish.

Moore was booked at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center for illegal possession of a stolen firearm and failure to signal.

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