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A recent traffic stop along Interstate-10 in Sulphur led to the arrest of a Mississippi man for possession of drugs.

On December 12, at approximately 9:54 p.m., Cpl. Joshua Maddox with the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force  (C.A.T.) conducted a traffic stop on a 2016 Dodge passenger car eastbound near mile marker 18 upon observing the driver fail to maintain lane of travel.   

The driver was a single occupant of the vehicle and was identified as Genoa Williams Jr., a current resident of Vicksburg, Miss. While speaking with Williams, Cpl. Maddox observed numerous indicators he recognized to be consistent with that of in-transit criminal activity.  

Williams was issued a notice of violation for the traffic offense. Based off the observations and raised suspicion during the course of the traffic stop Maddox requested permission to conduct a search of the vehicle. Williams denied officers request.  

A police K-9 was used, and further alerted to drug odor emitting from inside the vehicle.

Following the K-9 alert, a probable cause search of the vehicle was conducted. The search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of approximately eight large bundles of compressed Marijuana totaling 114.5 pounds, with the estimated street value of $35,000.

The eight bundles of compressed marijuana were found to be concealed in the back passenger and trunk compartment of the vehicle. Williams was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center on charges of Possession of CDS I (Marijuana) over 60 pounds but less than two thousand pounds; and money laundering. A bond has yet to be set.