Traffic stop leads to meth arrest


A Union Parish sheriff’s patrol deputy became suspicious when he saw a red Saturn vehicle displaying a five-day temporary dealer tag with the date 1.14.2020 written on it.

The deputy also noted that the window tint on the car was extremely dark and initiated a traffic stop.

The deputy reported that the driver, Steven James Stratton, 28, of 290 Buck Ward Rd., Farmerville, acted nervous and it was learned his license had been suspended. A search of Stratton’s person revealed a 10-inch double-sided blade knife.

Sheriff Dusty Gates said deputies also found a pack of smaller throwing knives and that suspected methamphetamine was found in a zipper compartment of Stratton’s wallet. He first told deputies the wallet did not belong to him even though it had his identification card inside. He then said it was an old wallet that once had meth in it.

He was booked Dec. 28 into the Union Parish Detention Center at Farmerville on charges of possession of meth, illegal carrying of a weapon and operating a vehicle with suspended license.

His total bail was set at $14,000 by Third Judicial District Court Judge Bruce Hampton.