BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Two detectives with the Baton Rouge Police Department recently executed a traffic stop on Renoir Ave.

The stop was made around 12:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 9, after the detectives noticed the 2005 Honda Accord did not have a license plate.

Three people were seen in the vehicle including Desmond Pearl, 27, of Baton Rouge and Caleb Hunt, 19, of Baton Rouge.

A “strong odor of burnt marijuana” was wafting from the vehicle, according to the affidavit.

Pearl was the driver of the vehicle and first person to submit to a search.

Hunt was then asked to get out of the vehicle by one of the detectives.

That detective observed a gun under Hunt’s leg.

The two Baton Rouge men were detained and questioned by detectives.

Pearl denied anything illegal would be found inside the Honda Accord.

The third unidentified occupant in the vehicle was found to be in possession of two baggies of marijuana.

That person was given a summons and eventually allowed to leave the scene.

One of the other two suspects claimed ownership of the marijuana and both Pearl and Hunt denied knowing anything about the gun.

Further investigation determined that Pearl was a convicted felon.

Pearl had previously been arrested on gun and drug charges.

At the conclusion of the investigation, both men were arrested and taken to the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.

Pearl was charged with “Obstruction Of Justice – Vandalism/Destruction, Possession of Marijuana, Possession Of Firearm Or Carrying Concealed Weapon By A Person Convicted Of Certain Felonies and Illegal Carrying of Weapons (with CDS),” according to the affidavit.

Hunt, on the other hand, faces one less charge than Pearl. Those charges are listed below:

  • Obstruction Of Justice – Vandalism / Destruction
  • Illegal Carrying of Weapons (with CDS)
  • Possession of Marijuana