Narcotics arrests in Orange County

Justin Keith Martin (left) and John Mason Edwards

Orange County Sheriff's Office detectives arrested two men after a traffic stop revealed the suspects to be in possession of a large amount of what police believe to be methamphetamine.

According to a news release fro OCSO, detectives with the Orange County Special Services Division were in the 2600 block of South Lutcher, Orange on Tuesday, March 11 at about 8:45 p.m. when they observed a Dodge truck with "defective lighting equipment in violation of state law."

The Detectives conducted a traffic stop on the truck as it pulled into a parking lot of a nearby gas station in the 2300 block of South Lutcher. The driver failed to produce a driver’s license and was detained. A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed approximately 25 grams of methamphetamine.

The driver was identified as 26-year-old Justin Keith Martin of Orange. There was also a passenger, identified as 26-year-old John Mason Edwards of Bridge City. Both men were arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance, a 2nd Degree Felony, and were transported to the Orange County Jail.

Justice of the Peace Judge David Peck arraigned both men at 8:45 a.m. on Wednesday, March 12 and set their bonds at $50,000 each. Both remain in custody at the Orange County Jail.

Sheriff Keith Merritt said that the Orange County Sheriff’s Office "will continue to target individuals who sell, distribute, or use drugs in Orange County, and will use all resources available to get drugs out of the community," according to the release.