Alleged shoplifter found with drugs

A Ruston man was arrested Tuesday after police responded to the report of a shoplifter at the Walmart on the North Service Road.

Officers found Willard Sullivan, Jr., 45, had been detained for shoplifting in the store. During a search, officers found Walmart merchandise in Sullivan’s pockets and inside his pants. Merchandise from Claire’s, a separate business inside Walmart, and a plastic bag containing pills were also recovered from Sullivan.

Sullivan identified the pills as “Xanax,” the brand name for a Schedule IV controlled substance called alprazolam. Sullivan said he did not have a prescription but obtained the alprazolam illegally.

Sullivan was booked at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center on two counts of theft by shoplifting and possession of alprazolam.

Bail was set at $6,000.

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