Miller facing traffic and narcotic possession charges

By: CARISSA HEBERT

Managing Editor

A Ville Platte man is facing traffic and possession of narcotics charges after allegedly throwing something under his vehicle, believed to be narcotics, during a traffic stop by the Ville Platte Police Department.

Officer Tyler Tate was patrolling on Tate Cove Road January 11, when he noticed a driver operating a vehicle recklessly. Lt. John B. “Chip” Matte Jr. said Tate conducted a traffic stop and noticed the driver throw something under the vehicle as he exited it. Matte said Tate looked around but did not see the item.

Tate discovered the driver, James Miller, 44, 514 E. Jackson, Ville Platte, was driving without a license. Miller was taken into custody and a wrecker was called.

Another officer, Michael Thomas, arrived on the scene, and Officer Tate explained what he witnessed as the driver exited his vehicle. When the tow truck moved the vehicle, officers found a small case filled with 14 marijuana cigars.

As a result of this traffic stop, Miller was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, reckless operation and no driver’s license.

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