By Bonnie Culverhouse
A Mississippi traveler on I-20 westbound was arrested by Minden Police Monday on multiple charges.
Janarius Mullen, 26, of the 2500 block of Gunda St., Jackson, Miss. was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon (felony offense), possession of marijuana (less than 14 grams) drug paraphernalia and as a fugitive from Texas.
Police Chief Jared McIver said Ofc. Ben Sparks with the assistance of Off. Cadyn O’Connor and Ofc. Logan Clingan conducted a traffic stop at mile marker 48 around 3 a.m. when he observed the driver of a red Dodge Charger leave the roadway while driving 81 mph in a posted 70 mph zone.
“Ofc. Sparks and Off. O’Connor approached the vehicle and detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside,” McIver said. “Mullen was a backseat passenger in the vehicle. He did not have identification, but provided Off. O’Connor with his name and date of birth.”
Dispatch reportedly checked for active warrants on the driver, front seat passenger and Mullen, who had an active warrant through Texas Probation and Parole.
“Ofc. Sparks searched the vehicle for marijuana and located a red bag in the rear passenger area,” said the chief. “The bag contained marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a M&P 380 Shield EZ firearm. Mullen’s criminal history showed a 2018 conviction for possession of a controlled dangerous substance.”
Mullen allegedly claimed possession of the firearm.
He was booked at Minden Police Department and transported to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.
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