Two El Dorado men are scheduled for first appearance hearings today in 35th Judicial District Court on felony drug and firearms charges following two separate traffic stops this week.
Remondo B. Caver, 30 of the 100 block of SW Sherwood Drive, was arrested Tuesday for possession of marijuana with intent deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Marvin Carter, III, 25, of the 2300 block of Lorene, was arrested Monday for possession of a firearm by certain persons, driving on a suspended driver’s license and speeding.
Caver and Carter were arrested during traffic stops that were conducted by the El Dorado Police Department.
Just before 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, an officer on routine patrol in the area South Washington and Center conducted a traffic stop after learning that the license plate number on a car that was traveling south did not match the vehicle’s registration.
Police said a strong odor of marijuana wafted from the vehicle as they spoke with the driver, later identified as Caver.
They also said Caver could not produce the vehicle’s registration certificate.
After exiting the vehicle, Caver showed officers a marijuana cigarette and during a search of the vehicle, police found six bags of marijuana — weighing a total of 98 grams — underneath the driver’s seat and two digital scales in the center console, according to a police report.
Officers said they also found the a valid registration certificate inside the vehicle.
At 3:25 p.m. Monday, officers on the lookout for speeding as part of the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) noticed a vehicle that appeared to exceed the 30 miles per hour speed limit in the area of Lorene and Ripley.
Officers conducted a traffic stop after using a handheld radar gun to confirm that the vehicle was traveling at 50 miles per hour.
Carter, the driver of the vehicle, told officers that he did not have a valid driver’s license.
Police said Carter consented to a search of the vehicle and they found a loaded handgun between the center console and passenger’s seat.
After confirming that Carter had previously been convicted of a felony, police arrested him for possession of a firearm by certain persons.
STEP is a mobilization effort conducted by law enforcement agencies to crack down on various traffic violations, including seat belts, speeding and impaired driving.
STEP is funded by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration and funneled through the Highway Safety Office of the Arkansas State Police.
Tia Lyons may be contacted at 870-862-6611 or tlyons@ eldoradonews.com.