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Deputies report finding marijuana and a gun after stopping stolen vehicle

Clifton Escort Jr. and Joey Francois (Source: Assumption Parish Sheriff's Office) Clifton Escort Jr. and Joey Francois (Source: Assumption Parish Sheriff's Office)
Deputies reported finding marijuana and a gun in the car. (Source: Assumption Parish Sheriff's Office) Deputies reported finding marijuana and a gun in the car. (Source: Assumption Parish Sheriff's Office)
BELLE ROSE, LA (WAFB) -

Authorities said two men were arrested after a stolen vehicle was pulled over and drugs were found inside early Friday morning.

The Assumption Parish Sheriff's Office reported Clifton Escort Jr., 36, of New Iberia, and Joey Francois, 34, of Morgan City, were booked into the Assumption Parish Detention Center. Both men are charged with the following:

Possession of stolen things

Possession with intent to distribute Schedule 1 CDS (Marijuana)

Possession of firearm by a convicted felon

Illegal carrying of a weapon in the presence of CDS

Escort is also charged with two headlamps required. Bond has not been set for the suspects and both were still in custody as of 11:45 a.m.

According to Sheriff Mike Waguespack, a deputy stopped a Honda Pilot on LA 70 in Belle Rose that had been reported by the Morgan City Police Department. He said Escort was driving and it was learned both men were wanted on outstanding warrants from MCPD.

Waguespack added a search of the vehicle turned up a gallon-sized plastic bag and smaller plastic bag of suspected marijuana. Investigators also reported finding a pink and gray Taurus 9mm pistol.

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