Drugs and guns: police seize pot plants, firearms

Drugs and guns: police seize pot plants, firearms

Deputies with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office seized marijuana, pot plants and firearms during an investigation Jan. 23, reportedly resulting in drug and weapon charges against an area teen, reports Deputy Marcus McLellan.

McLellan stated in a news release that a deputy stopped a vehicle occupied by four teenage males at California and Spurlock in Nederland at about 6 p.m. on Jan. 23 for displaying expired registration. McLellan indicated that deputies suspected one of the occupants of the vehicle had been selling "large amounts of marijuana" out of his Jefferson County residence earlier that day. The officers searched the vehicle and reportedly discovered the suspect in possession a black box containing marijuana and a loaded pistol.

Deputies with the Jefferson County Narcotics Task Force went to the suspect’s residences, spoke with the occupants and asked for consent to search the teen’s bedroom. McLellan reports the deputies discovered a locked closet of the bedroom with five marijuana plants inside. They also found another pistol, a .22 caliber rifle, a pistol grip shotgun and a Port Arthur police badge, stated McLellan.

The teen was released to his mother. Drug and weapons charges will be filed, according to the release.