The van “abruptly” crossed three lanes of traffic on South Claiborne Avenue near Second Street around 1:15 a.m. Friday, Nov. 3, and nearly hit an on-duty police car, according to a NOPD news release. The officers stopped the vehicle and smelled a “strong odor of marijuana” as they walked up, and the driver — identified as 29-year-old Branden Clifton — admitted that he had the drug in the van, the report states.
A search of the van turned up plastic bag of marijuana on the floorboard of the back seat, and a loaded handgun under the driver’s seat, the report states. “A search of Clifton’s person revealed a pill bottle containing 27 colored tablets found to be Ecstasy and a second pill bottle containing one Tramadol pill,” the report states.
Clifton was arrested on charges of possession of the handgun by a convicted felon, as well as other charges related to the drugs, the report states.