Traffic stop leads authorities to guns, drugs

A 27-year-old Raceland man was arrested yesterday by the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office after a traffic stop yielded drugs and weapons in the suspect’s possession.

Shortly after 11:30 p.m. on Nov. 11, a K-9 deputy conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle traveling on La. Highway 182 in Raceland.

The deputy identified the driver of the vehicle as Joey Gilliam, 27.

The deputy said he smelled the odor of suspected marijuana on the scene, and the K-9 alerted the officer to the possible presence of narcotics inside the car.

A search was conducted and authorities found over 15 ounces of marijuana inside a glass jar, a box of small plastic bags, a scale and a loaded pistol.

The deputy also discovered small amounts of synthetic marijuana, MDMA, and a prescription drug.

Gilliam also was found to have a small amount of the prescription drug on his person, as well as another pistol.

Gilliam was arrested and booked into the Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex. He was charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana and Possession of MDMA, Synthetic Marijuana, Drug Paraphernalia, and a Legend Drug. He was also charged with Illegal Carrying of a Weapon in the Presence of a Controlled Dangerous Substance and improper vehicle lighting. His bail is set at $31,600.