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Police arrest Baton Rouge man after finding marijuana during a traffic stop

Photo of evidence seized during the traffic stop  (Source: Walker Police Department) Photo of evidence seized during the traffic stop (Source: Walker Police Department)
Duan Fort (Source: Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office) Duan Fort (Source: Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office)
WALKER, LA (WAFB) -

A Baton Rouge man was arrested in Walker, LA Friday morning after a Walker Police Officer stopped him for speeding on I-12 near the Walker exit.

When the officer spoke to the driver, 41-year-old Duan Fort, he noticed a strong odor of raw marijuana coming from the vehicle. 

"[The officer] asked Mr. Fort if there was any marijuana in the vehicle, at which point Mr. Fort produced a small bag of the substance," said Walker Police Captain John Sharp.

Police arrested Fort and was found to be driving under suspension, according to police reports. While they were waiting for the tow truck to come and move Fort's vehicle, the officer searched Fort's vehicle and found three more large bags of marijuana. 

Captain Sharp says the marijuana was weighed and was found to be approximately 9.3 ounces, which has a street value of about $3,000.

Fort was issued a citation for speeding (77/60) and was taken to the Livingston Parish Detention Center where he was booked on charges of possession with intent to distribute marijuana and driving under suspension. Fort remains in jail in lieu of a $50,000 bond.

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