By Bonnie Culverhouse
A routine traffic stop on U.S. Hwy. 371 near Hwy. 2 led to the arrests of two Cotton Valley men on drug charges.
Gregory E. Stroud, 49, and Gregory Scott Lemons, 64, (photo unavailable) were arrested by Webster Parish Sheriff’s deputy Jacob Winiarski for distribution of methamphetamine, possession of natural marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Lemons had added charges of driving with view obstructed and driving under suspension.
Sheriff Jason Parker said the deputy identified Lemons as the driver of the vehicle after stopping him for obstructed view of his rearview mirror.
“Lemons kept acting nervous and trying to change the subject of the traffic stop to talking about deputies he knows,” Parker said. “After dispatch advised the deputy that Lemons was driving under suspension, Deputy Winiarski asked him to step out of the vehicle. Lemons gave him consent to search it.”
Parker said the deputy located a methamphetamine pipe concealed under the steering wheel and a small magnetic bag under the passenger side of the rear bumper holding two small baggies of suspected methamphetamine.
“Neither man claimed the methamphetamine,” said the sheriff. “Both claimed the other concealed it there to ‘deal dope.’”
Stroud was reportedly found to have a cigarette pack concealed in his sock containing two suspected natural marijuana cigarettes.
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