BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Deputies with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office initiated a traffic stop around 8:50 p.m. on Wednesday, December 14.

The traffic stop place in the 4500 block of Southpark Dr. due to a traffic violation.

Deputies identified the two occupants in the 2006 BMW 325 as Trueman Ratcliff, 41, of Baton Rouge and Broderick Mcgee, 38, of Baton Rouge.

Ratcliff was the driver and Mcgee was a passenger in the BMW.

“Deputies detected the strong unmistakable odor of burnt marijuana emitting from within the interior passenger compartment of the vehicle,” according to the affidavit.

Further questioning led the deputies to determine that the duo was not legally allowed to have marijuana.

One of the deputies saw “several hand rolled cigars containing suspected marijuana atop the central console cup tray in plain view,” according to the affidavit.

Ratliff admitted that there was marijuana in the vehicle that belonged to him.

One the deputies then searched the vehicle and these items were confiscated:

  • Four plastic sandwich bags containing suspected metheamphetamine, 280.3 grams net weight
  • Three plastic sandwich bags containing suspected marijuana, 42.5 grams net weight
  • Six hand rolled cigars containing suspected marijuana, 6.3 grams net weight
  • 39 dosage units of suspected Suboxone
  • One dosage unit of suspected Alprazolam
  • Glock mode 26 9 mm caliber handgun with magazine and ammunition
  • $339 in cash
  • Cutting agents for illegal narcotics
  • Two digital weight scales
  • One open box of fold top plastic sandwich bags
  • Two blenders containing residual suspected methamphetamine
  • Pyrex containers, Acetone, mixing components
  • Metal manual pill press, meth pipe, face masks
  • 9mm drum magazine
  • Four bottles of alcohol with store security devices still attached

The duo confessed to knowing about everything that was seized from the vehicle.

Ratcliff “admitted the bottles of alcohol were stolen by homeless people and given to him in exchange for drugs,” according to the affidavit.

As the investigation unfolded deputies found out that Ratcliff was a convicted felon.

Ratcliff was out on parole and not allowed to have a handgun.

The seized handgun and alcohol allegedly were stolen.

The duo was arrested and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on Thursday, December 15.

The charges for Ratcliff and Mcgee are laid out below:

Trueman Ratcliff, 41, of Baton Rouge:

  • Illegal Possession Of Stolen Things
  • Illegal Possession Of Stolen Firearms
  • Illegal Carrying of Weapons (with CDS)
  • Possession Of Firearm Or Carrying Concealed Weapon By A Person Convicted Of Certain Felonies
  • Equipment Violation; Display of Plate
  • Prohibited Acts
  • Possession\Distribution Manufacturing Schedule I
  • Possession\Distribution Manufacturing Schedule II
  • Possession\Distribution Manufacturing Schedule III
  • Possession of Schedule IV
  • Expired Registration
  • Warrant/Bench Warrant (2)

Broderick Mcgee, 38, of Baton Rouge:

  • Illegal Possession Of Stolen Things
  • Prohibited Acts
  • Possession\Distribution Manufacturing Schedule I
  • Possession\Distribution Manufacturing Schedule II
  • Possession\Distribution Manufacturing Schedule III
  • Possession of Schedule IV
  • Warrant/Bench Warrant

Bond has not been set for Trueman Ratcliff or Broderick Mcgee.