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Routine Traffic Stop Leads To Drug Arrest

On April 9, a routine traffic stop by Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputy Kevin Bond led to a drug arrest.

While patrolling on Highway 436, Deputy Bond observed a vehicle which failed to make a proper turn and which did not have a legible license plate.  The vehicle was stopped and a passenger was discovered to be in possession of an illegal drug, Roxycontin.  The passenger had no identification on his person and stated his name was James Craft.

 A Drug Task Force officer arrived on the scene and properly identified the suspect as Edward E. Craft, 36, a resident of Ellis Road in Angie.  Craft was arrested and placed in the Washington Parish Jail charged with Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Providing False Information and Failure to Appear.  He remains in the jail with bond set at $15,500.

 “A seemingly routine traffic stop is not always what it seems,” said Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal.  “Sometimes such stops lead to the discovery of drugs, as happened in this case.  Other times, such stops lead to the discovery of wanted persons.  Our patrol deputies do an outstanding job in enforcing traffic laws in Washington Parish.  They are usually the first responders on a scene and have to deal with everything from traffic offenses to fatalities.  Their job is not an easy one, but they do it well.”

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