Routine traffic stop leads to drug arrest in Orange

Officers with the Orange Police Department arrested a Louisiana man after a routine traffic stop led them to discover narcotics in the man’s car. On Tuesday, Jan. 22 at approximately 7:48 p.m., Officer Jeff Busby reported he observed a black 1995 Dodge Ram driving in the 1100 block of Burton St. in Orange. According to the report, the vehicle’s license plate was partially obstructed by an oversized trailer hitch, and the driver did not give adequate warning when making a right-hand turn, at which point he was pulled over.

The driver, 32-year-old Dominic Gillard, told police he was driving on an expired license. He was asked to exit the vehicle at that time and made his way to the back of his car. Officer Busby reported that is when he saw a cigar filled with a green leafy substance police suspected to be marijuana in the path where Gillard had walked. Gillard was detained at that time for driving with an expired license and possession of marijuana. Upon searching the suspect’s vehicle, officers found a magnetized key box under the driver’s door with what they believed to be crack cocaine and Alprazolam, or Xanax, inside. Gillard was placed taken to the Orange County Jail and charged with driving without a license, possession of marijuana, possession of crack cocaine and possession of a controlled substance.