Seat belt stop leads to drug arrest

A Choudrant woman was arrested Thursday afternoon by Louisiana State Police after she was stopped for a traffic violation and suspected methamphetamine was found in her car.

A state trooper was parked on U.S. 80 near Willow Glen Drive when Gina Furci, 53, was observed driving without a seat belt. Furci was stopped on Louisiana Hwy. 33 where she stated she had her seat belt on, but it was under her arm. 

During the course of the investigation, a Ruston Police K-9 officer arrived at the stop. The K-9 alerted to the odor of narcotics inside the vehicle. A search of the vehicle located a small baggie containing suspected methamphetamine on the front seat.

Furci was arrested and booked at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center for no seat belt, expired inspection sticker, and possession of methamphetamine. Bail was set at $5,000.

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