A routine State Police traffic stop Wednesday morning in West Baton Rouge Parish landed three Floridians in jail after troopers found stolen credit cards, Social Security cards and driver’s licenses inside their car, a State Police spokesman said.
State Police officers made the stop about 7:30 a.m. on Interstate 10 westbound a couple miles west of the Mississippi River and noticed a vehicle driving in the left lane without passing, a citable offense, said Trooper 1st Class Jared Sandifer, a State Police spokesman.
During the stop, troopers became suspicious that the occupants might be using drugs and searched the car, a Kia Sorento, Sandifer said.
Inside, troopers found the hidden credit cards and other identification cards, at least five of which had been reported stolen in vehicle burglaries Tuesday in Sebastian, Fla., about 90 miles southeast of Orlando.
The cards belonged to people in Florida, Texas, Illinois, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, Sandifer said.
Jessica L. Oldaker, 21, of Orlando, Fla.; Lamarcus V. Bryant, 31, Sunrise, Fla.; and Ezekiel K. Christie, 22, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., were each booked into the West Baton Rouge Parish Jail on counts of illegal possession of stolen things, Sandifer said.
Oldaker, the driver, was also booked on a violation of driving on the right side of the road.
Editor’s note: This story was changed Jan. 16, 2014, to correct two errors. Due to incorrect information provided by State Police, the Advocate reported in the original story that the occupants of the vehicle voluntarily consented to a vehicle search. In fact, they did not, and it was troopers’ suspicion of drug use that led to the search. Also, The Advocate incorrectly reported the age of Lamarcus V. Bryant as 22. He is 31.