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State Police make four drug arrests on I-10

The following is a news release from the Louisiana State Police:

Troopers assigned to Louisiana State Police Troop D have made four drug arrests during traffic stops conducted on Interstate 10 in Jefferson Davis Parish.

On February 9, 2012, at 3:29 p.m., troopers stopped an eastbound 2003 Chevrolet Equinox on I-10 east of Welsh in Jefferson Davis Parish. During the traffic stop, troopers located and recovered 7.6 pounds of marijuana. The driver, 50-year-old Melissa L. Hammond of Orange, TX was arrested and booked into the Jefferson Davis Parish Jail for improper lane use and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

On February 9, 2012, at 3:55 p.m., troopers stopped an eastbound 2011 Dodge Charger on I-10 west of Welsh for a traffic violation. While speaking with the occupants of the vehicle, a strong odor of marijuana was detected. Troopers received permission to search the vehicle and recovered 3 pounds of marijuana. The driver, 26-year-old Earnest Tom Goodman, Jr. of Crestview, FL was arrested and booked into the Jefferson Davis Parish Jail for following too close, operating a vehicle with a suspended driver's license and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.  Two passengers in the vehicle, 22-year-old Eugenia Marie Clayborne and 28-year-old Jerrell Antoine Gainer both from Crestview, FL, were charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

On February 11, 2012, at 3:10 p.m. hours, troopers stopped an eastbound 2002 Chevrolet Blazer on I-10 near Welsh for a traffic violation.  Troopers requested permission to search the vehicle and located 51.6 pounds of marijuana.  The driver, 30-year-old Gary B. Pugh of Culleoka, TN, was arrested and booked into the Jefferson Davis Parish Jail for following too close and distribution with intent to distribute marijuana.

On February 12, 2012, at 09:00 a.m., troopers conducted a traffic stop on an eastbound 1995 Jeep Cherokee on I-10 east of Welsh in Jefferson Davis Parish. After obtaining permission from the driver, 41-year-old Carlos D. Riley of Darrow, LA, troopers searched the vehicle and recovered 3 pounds of marijuana.  Riley was charged with improper lane usage, operating a vehicle with a suspended driver's license, and possession with intent to distribute marijuana

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