Traffic stop results in multiple drug charges on Kaplan man
A traffic violation resulted in an arrest of a Kaplan man on various charges.
Arrested was Jarrod Francis, 31, 811 N. Lemaire, Kaplan.
Francis was charged with possession with intent to distribute schedule II (crystal meth), possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of drug proceeds, resisting arrest and threatening a public official.
Kaplan Police Chief Boyd Adams stated on February 6, at approximately 10 p.m., Sgt. Kurt Boeve and Officer James Hodges were on criminal patrol when a pickup truck driven by Francis ran a stop sign.
When officers conducted the traffic stop, Francis was very nervous. As officers were speaking with him, he fled on foot. A foot pursuit ensued which ended with the apprehension of Francis approximately two blocks from the original traffic stop.
Sgt. Boeve contacted Kaplan Police K9 Officer Rocky Trahan to search the vehicle.
Officer Trahan ran the KPD K9 dog, Diamond, around the vehicle where he alerted on several areas of the truck. Officers searched the truck and located 22.1 grams of crystal meth with a street value of approximately $1200, a large amount of marijuana and an assortment of drug paraphernalia.
While under arrest, Francis threatened officers with bodily harm once he was released from prison.
The suspect also attempted to kick the windows out of the police unit.
Francis is currently incarcerated in the Kaplan Police Department jail. At press release time, no bond had been set.
In addition, officers are seizing over $600 in cash from Francis’ property and will attempt to seize the vehicle he was driving because it was used to transport illegal narcotics.
Chief of Police Boyd Adams adds, illegal narcotics, (crystal meth, heroin, pain killers etc.) are ruining a lot of young and old people’s lives due to its potency and mind altering affects. He stresses and warns illegal narcotics will not be tolerated and if you choose the life of dealing or using, then it’s just a matter of time before the KPD will be knocking on your door.
Chief Adams also extends his help in assisting anyone in need of help due to a drug addiction, he ask that you contact him. He will help you in what has to be done to get you in a place for treatment/ counseling.
“Our goal is to help all succeed in life,” said Adams. “As always, if your police department can be of assistance to you, please give us a call.”