BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A Baton Rouge man is in jail after being arrested for drug possession during a traffic stop, then offered to pay the arresting officer money to release him.
On Saturday, April 8, an officer with the Baton Rouge Police Department was parked in a private lot at the intersection of Old Hammond Hwy and Blvd De Province observing traffic. The officer later noticed Keishion Keller, 19, of Baton Rouge, driving without a seat belt.
At that time, the officers conducted a routine traffic stop on Keller, to which the officer informed him that he could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle and he had probable cause to search the vehicle. According to authorities, Keller said he understood this.
According to the officer's report, he asked Keller if he had marijuana in the vehicle and if he did to just tell him where it was, so the officer would not disturb Keller's infant child in the backseat. Keller refused, according to authorities.
During the search of his vehicle, the officer said he found two large plastic baggies of marijuana as well as a plastic bag containing Xanax pills in the center console of the car.
Upon discovery of the drugs, Keller was placed under arrest and was transported to the 3rd District police station to be booked on charges of possession and intent to distribute schedule I and schedule IV drugs and a seat belt violation as well.
While being escorted inside of the police station, Keller allegedly offered the officer who arrested him $500 to release him or at least give him a citation.
For the alleged incident, the charge of public bribery was also added to Keller's booking. He is currently being held at the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on a $34,000 bond.