Traffic stop yields more than $72,000 in narcotics

By Bonnie Culverhouse

Two men traveling north on Hwy. 371 south, in the early morning hours today (Thursday, Sept. 1), were arrested by Webster Parish deputies and more than $72,000 in narcotics was confiscated.

Timothy W. Jones, 41, of Bossier City, was arrested for having a firearm in the presence of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of Hydrocodone with intent to distribute, possession of Ecstasy with intent to distribute, possession of Buprenorphine with intent to distribute, possession of natural marijuana and driving under suspension.

Lamondrius E. Dotie, 20, of the 100 block of Nina Jackson, Doyline, is charged with having a firearm in the presence of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of natural marijuana and possession of Hydrocodone pills.

Sheriff Jason Parker said Deputy Jacob Winiarski noticed the black Toyota traveling northbound on Hwy. 371 around 12:30 a.m. and initiation a traffic stop when he observed improper lane usage.

“The deputy stopped the vehicle near Clement Industries on 371 close to I-20,” Parker said. “He identified Jones as the driver.”

The sheriff said dispatch advised the vehicle had an expired registration and no insurance.

“The deputy said while speaking with Jones, he noticed Dotie – in the passenger seat – was acting nervous and avoiding eye contact,” Parker said. “Winiarski noticed Dotie trying to conceal a small bag underneath his legs in the floorboard.”

The deputy reportedly asked Jones to step out of the vehicle where he conducted a pat down for officer safety.

“After speaking with Jones, the deputy asked for consent to search the vehicle. Jones gave him consent to search, saying there was nothing illegal inside,” Parker said. “He removed Dotie from the vehicle and again asked if there was anything illegal inside. Dotie admitted to having natural marijuana and a pistol in the bag beneath his legs.”

Upon searching the vehicle, Winiarski reportedly discovered 2 plastic bags containing suspected natural marijuana, 2 pistols, digital scales, $211 in cash, 2 Hydrocodone pills, approximately 7,000 Hydrocodone Acetaminophen tablets, 7 individual bags with a total of 64 Ecstasy pills, 60 Bupenorphine, 4 Hydrocodoneliquid package containers and 4 THC vape cartridges.

“Dotie claimed one pistol, digital scales and one plastic bag of suspected natural marijuana,” said the sheriff. “Jones claimed the remaining narcotics.”

Deputy Alec Edwards and Lt. Jr. Lewis assisted in the arrests.

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