A Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office patrol deputy made a traffic stop along La. 21 north of Bogalusa January 15 on a car which had no visible license plate. The deputy noticed a strong odor of marijuana, the driver had no license, and was very nervous. A criminal background check revealed the driver had an outstanding warrant for previous traffic offenses.
Deputies discovered a fully loaded semi-automatic pistol between the driver’s seat and the center console, along with bags of marijuana which was later weighed and determined to be 35.05 grams, $778 in cash, and a drug scale.
Charles Anthony Martin (23), a resident of Angie, was arrested and booked into the Washington Parish Jail on two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, one count of possession of narcotics with intent to distribute, one count of possession of controlled dangerous substances with a weapon present, one count of failure to have a driver’s license, one count of running a stop sign and contempt of court.
Sheriff Randy Seal commented. “There is only one reason for carrying a concealed fully loaded semi-automatic pistol, and it is not to go squirrel hunting. When one of our deputies approaches a vehicle, there is no way to know who is in the vehicle and whether or not anyone in the vehicle has a weapon. Traffic stops are always tense times for officers and I am pleased to know that this one had a good ending. Not only was our deputy safe, but he was able to take a drug dealer out of our community and into jail where he belongs. Good job, deputy!”