BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — A traffic stop ended with Chaquinton Howard, 30, of Baton Rouge in custody on drug charges and more. The stop took place around 6:10 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 22 at 36th Street and Gus Young Avenue. The driver was not wearing a seat belt and the temp tag could not be read easily, according to the affidavit.

Howard was identified as the driver and the responding detective could smell marijuana while walking towards the vehicle. Howard was asked to get out of the vehicle multiple times. At some point, the responding detective told the Baton Rouge man that he would be tasered if he did not get out of the vehicle, according to the affidavit.

He eventually got out of the vehicle and was handcuffed and searched by the detective. During the search, cash, powder cocaine and crack were found by the detective. A passenger in the vehicle was detained during the investigation.

A search of the vehicle was then conducted and these items were seized:

  • marijuana cigar
  • unlit raw marijuana inside the cigar
  • Sprite bottle containing codeine
  • cup with codeine in it
  • cash

Howard was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on Wednesday, Aug. 23. He was charged with possession of schedule V, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, seat belt violation, display of temporary registration license plates, one count of possession with the intent to distribute schedule 2 (cocaine) and one count of possession with the intent to distribute schedule 2 (crack).

The Baton Rouge man was subsequently released from prison on $14,500 bond.