I-20 stop lands Georgians in jail

An Interstate 20 traffic stop by a Ruston Police officer led to the arrest of the driver on drug and weapon charges and the transport of a passenger to the hospital early Saturday morning.

A RPD officer was on patrol eastbound on I-20 when he was passed by an eastbound 2017 Honda Civic at approximately 85 mph. The officer paced the car at speeds of 80 miles an hour in the 70 mph zone.

When the vehicle was stopped, the driver Kamal Dansby, 21, of DeKalb County, Georgia, opened the glove box to retrieve paperwork. The officer saw what appeared to be a tray used for rolling marijuana cigarettes.

When asked if he had any narcotics in the vehicle, Dansby opened the center console and handed over a container with a baggie of suspected marijuana and multiple empty baggies. A search of the vehicle led to the recovery of a Glock 19 pistol between the driver’s seat and center console and three magazines in the driver’s door.

Also discovered in the center console was a bag of suspected psilocybin mushrooms, a Schedule III controlled substance.
During the investigation, the passenger, Lauren Swasey, 21, also of Georgia, requested an ambulance. She was transported to the Northern Louisiana Medical Center where she became extremely hostile and yelled and cursed the nursing staff. She was advised she needed to calm down and stop cursing. She continued to cause a disturbance in the emergency room and was arrested.

Dansby was booked at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center for possession of a Schedule III controlled substance and illegal carrying of a weapon. Swayze was booked for disturbing the peace.

Dansby’s bail was set at $30,000.

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