A simple traffic stop has prompted the arrest of a Clarksdale man for possession of drugs and could lead to more charges.
Clarksdale police were patrolling the area of State Street and Highway 322 Wednesday morning and pulled over a motorist for not wearing a seat belt.
In a statement from the Clarksdale Police Department, corporals LJ Peters and Alvin Coley stopped the motorist who was identified as Ricky Joiner, 29, of Clarksdale. The statement said Joiner also gave officers false information.
Officer cited Joiner for not wearing a seat belt and suspicion raised from his conflicting story prompted them to search the vehicle.
The report said police uncovered a felonious amount of marijuana. Officers also said they found Joiner in possession of two assault rifles, a handgun and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.
Joiner was transported to the Coahoma County Jail and he appeared before Clarkdale Municipal Court Judge Derek Hopson. Bond was denied pending a preliminary hearing.
The investigation into this arrest is continuing.
Motorist are reminded Clarksdale is under a curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night and anyone driving, walking or found in public places will be stopped and questioned by police or sheriff's deputies.
Clarksdale Assistant Police Chief Vince Ramirez has asked anyone with information about this incident, or any other felony crime, to call the Clarksdale Police Department at 621-8156, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or simply dial 911. All calls remain anonymous and cash is paid to those providing information that leads to solving this crime.