Police in Orange arrested two men for possession of a controlled substance after finding approximately three grams of methamphetamine and assorted drug paraphernalia during a traffic stop Thursday, Jan. 9 at about 1:28 p.m.
According to the police report, Officer Michael Roush conducted a traffic stop on a gray, four-door Nissan Altima for failure to signal when turning at the intersection of 6th Street and Park Avenue in Orange. Two men occupied the vehicle. Roush reported that he spoke to the driver, Roger Eugene Hanks of Vinton, La., who "was physically shaking and sweating." The passenger, identified as Roland Daniel Taylor of Sulphur, La., was texting, according to Roush, and when asked to stop, he lowered the cell phone in between the seat and door, and then "began making hand motions as if to stuff an item under his seat." Roush ordered Taylor to put his hands on the dash, and the man complied.
After receiving permission from the driver to search the vehicle, officers discovered a red baggie of approximately one gram of methamphetamine, plastic baggies with residue, syringes, a spoon, scales, straws and other drug paraphernalia. Upon searching Hanks, police discovered another baggie with about a gram of meth in it. They also reportedly found a gram bag of meth by the passenger's seat where Taylor had put his cell phone. Both men were arrested for possession of a controlled substance and taken to the Orange County Jail.