Tinted window leads to drug arrest

A Simsboro man was arrested Sunday on drug charges after he was stopped for excessive tint on his vehicle windows.

A Lincoln Parish deputy sheriff on patrol spotted a car at an oil well location with extremely dark windows and a cracked windshield. By the time the deputy turned around to go back to check on the vehicle it had left. It was located again on North Pine Tree Road at La. Highway 3074.

Ariandus D. Burks, 31, had a child in the car who was unrestrained. A strong odor of marijuana was also detected coming from the car. 

A search of the car discovered a large bag of suspected marijuana hidden in the dash, a set of scales, plastic bags, and other paraphernalia. 

Burks was arrested and the child released to his mother.

Burks was booked for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance in the presence of a minor, illegal window tint, improper child restraints, and obstruction of driver’s view.

Bail was set at $20,000.

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