Traffic stop resuslts in drug arrest

Published 1:38 am Thursday, February 26, 2009

A routine traffic stop for careless driving found the driver to be in possession of OxyContin and marijuana.

Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department Chief Investigator Donnie Saucier said the traffic stop took place Feb. 5, where Deputy Gary Lumpkin and his K-9 partner stopped Alexander Penton, 22, of 1218 Founder Dr., Bogalusa, La. for the traffic violation.

As the deputy pulled Penton over on Old Camp Road, he noticed Penton acting nervously. Saucier said Lumpkin asked for consent to search the vehicle, which Penton declined.

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Instead Lumpkin let his K-9 partner search the exterior perimeter of the vehicle. After the K-9 provided a positive alert to the possible presence of narcotics, Lumpkin called in a narcotics investigator, Saucier said.

The investigator conducted a search and found seven OxyContin pills and about 21 grams of marijuana in the vehicle.

Penton was charged with felony possession of OxyContin and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Saucier said he is pleased with the addition of the K-9 units to the department.

“The K-9 units have proven to be another asset to the fight on drugs in Pearl River County,” Saucier said.