By Bonnie Culverhouse
A Tallulah man is behind bars in Webster Parish on multiple drug and firearm charges.
Jamie L. Strange, 21, of the 600 block of East Darrow St., Tallulah, was arrested by Minden Police on Interstate 20 for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of schedule 2, possession of a firearm in the presence of a controlled dangerous substance and speeding.
Chief Steve Cropper said Ofc. Reece Tewell was working STEP (Safety Traffic Enforcement Program) facing westbound on the interstate when he measured the speed on a westbound vehicle at 87 miles per hour in a 70 mph zone.
“He performed a stop on the vehicle and could smell raw marijuana coming from inside the vehicle,” Cropper said. “The officer asked the driver who was identified as Strange, if he had anything illegal inside the vehicle. Strange said he had a few grams of marijuana in the center console.”
Ofc. Tewell had Strange step out of the vehicle and conducted a pat down for officer safety.
“Strange admitted he had a firearm in the vehicle, as well,” said the chief. “A female was a passenger in the vehicle, and she was asked to step out.”
Tewell asked for consent to search the vehicle which Strange reportedly granted. Off. Kayla Little arrived on scene to aid Tewell with the female passenger.
“Searching the vehicle, officers located a clear bag containing suspected marijuana inside the center console,” Cropper said. “They also found a black bottle. Located inside it was a white capsule, later identified as oxycodone (10 mg). There was a firearm on the driver’s side floorboard between the seat and center console. Then a (fast food) bag containing 15 grams of marijuana was located in the passenger seat.”
Strange reportedly admitted all the items belonged to him and not his girlfriend. She was not arrested, and the vehicle was released to her.
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