Two separate drug arrests were made about an hour and a half apart all initiated from one traffic stop by the Jena Police Department September 6.
On Thursday, September 6, around 7:50 p.m., Patrolman Kyle Robertson witnessed a silver Honda SUV cross the centerline on Austin Road three times before stopping the vehicle on Spruce Street.
The vehicle was driven by Tiffany Diane Kelly of Jena and also in the vehicle was a passenger, Jonathan Brandon Peppers, 33, of Tullos. After speaking with both individuals and observing their nervous behavior, officers became suspicious that something illegal was inside the vehicle.
They obtained a consent to search the vehicle from the driver and Jena Police, aided by deputies from the LaSalle Parish Sheriff’s Department, found a black eye glasses case in the rear portion of the vehicle containing a brown glass bottle with a crystal-like substance that they suspected was methamphetamine.
Also in the case officers found a syringe with residue and blood and a silver spoon with residue on it.
The passenger allegedly admitted to police that the case and items were his as he had thrown it in the back when the police initially stopped them.
Peppers was then arrested, charged with Possession of CDS II and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and transported to the LaSalle Parish Jail were he was booked on the charges.
No charges were filed against the driver, Kelly.
About an hour and a half later, Jena Police Officer James Mannon and LPSO Deputy B. Hardy were asked to go to an apartment in Jena to retrieve some items for Peppers at the apartment he was staying at.
They arrived at the apartment on Hebert Street in Jena and spoke with the owner who signed a written consent to search the apartment. Officers discovered a camouflage bag on the kitchen table and inside the bag was a bag of syringes unused and a couple of syringes with residue inside them.
When the officers asked who the bag belonged to, Brenton Kelley Evans, 21, of Dry Prong, allegedly admitted the bag was his.
He allegedly told officers he has an addiction and he uses the needles to shoot up pills.
Evans was arrested and charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was transported to the LaSalle Parish Jail were he was booked on that charge.