NAPOLEONVILLE — A traffic stop Tuesday night turned into a much more serious case after an Assumption Parish deputy said he discovered firearms and cocaine in the vehicle.
The deputy said he noticed a passenger throw a beer can out of a parked car on Jefferson Street. When he approached the vehicle, two men told him they were “just sitting and drinking,” Assumption Parish Sheriff Mike Waguespack said in a news release.
The driver appeared to be nervous, Waguespack said, and after the deputy received consent to search the vehicle, he discovered not only open and empty beer cans, but a small pistol and what appeared to be a small rock of crack cocaine. Both men said they didn’t know anything about the gun or the suspected cocaine, the sheriff said.
While the arrested men were being processed, deputies discovered both of them were convicted felons.
Floyd Truehill, 58, of 612 Martin Luther King Blvd., Napoleonville, was booked into the Assumption Parish Detention Center on one count each of possession of crack cocaine, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm in the presence of a controlled dangerous substance and littering.
Hosea J. Wiggins, 54, of 709 Franklin St., Napoleonville, was booked on the same counts except for littering.
Truehill had a previous felony driving while intoxicated conviction, while Wiggins had a previous conviction for simple burglary, Waguespack said.
No bond had been set for either man as of Wednesday afternoon.