Vehicle search yields drugs

A Ruston man was arrested Friday evening on drug charges after he was stopped by a deputy sheriff for a traffic violation.

About 8 p.m. Friday, a deputy from the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office stopped a Cadillac Escalade on the Louisiana Tech campus for illegal window tint. With use of a tint meter, the light transmission of the front driver’s side window was measured at 2%, well below the required minimum in Louisiana state law.

The deputy smelled an odor of suspected marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. The driver, Deangelo M. Goldsmith, 29, denied having any drugs in the vehicle, but said he had smoked marijuana earlier. A search of the vehicle located a plastic bag containing multiple bags of marijuana, prescription bottles containing numerous pills, a set of digital scales, and sandwich baggies commonly used for packaging drugs for distribution.

The pill bottles contained suspected oxycodone, amphetamine, and tramadol.

Goldsmith was arrested and taken to the Lincoln Parish Detention Center. He was booked for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of oxycodone with intent to distribute, possession of amphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of tramadol with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia, and illegal window tint.

Bail was set at $140,000.

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