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BELLE CHASSE -- The Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office arrested a man during a traffic stop after discovering more than $5,000 worth of marijuana in his car's trunk, according to the sheriff's office.

Deputies said they arrested Trevor Gause, 32 of Baton Rouge, after stopping him at a Belle Chasse stoplight and discovering more than a half a pound of marijuana and tools to distribute the marijuana in his car's trunk. Deputies also discovered two outstanding warrants for Gause's arrest in Jefferson Parish.

Around 11 p.m. on June 13, deputies stopped Gause in his 2008 Pontiac Grand Prix at the intersection of LA 23 and Lejeune lane in Belle Chasse. After stopping Gause, deputies discovered Gause didn't have a driver's license or a registration and proof of insurance for the car, according to the sheriff's office.

Gause consented to having his car searched, and when deputies approached it, they smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the car. Deputies found over $2,900 in cash and loose marijuana in his glove box before moving to the car's trunk.

Inside the trunk, deputies found a black duffel bag, which contained a digital scale, a box of plastic baggies, a glass jar containing three separate packaged baggies of marijuana and two large plastic bags containing marijuana, according to the sheriff's office.

Deputies said the total weight of marijuana came out to 275 grams, which has an estimated street value of $5,500. Based on the evidence, deputies said he was distributing the marijuana.

Gause said he was not aware the marijuana was still in his car, according to the sheriff's office.

Gause was charged with several traffic violations, possession with intent to distribute a schedule 1 controlled dangerous substance, possession of narcotic paraphernalia and being a fugitive in Jefferson Parish.

On June 21, Gause was released from the Belle Chasse Lockup on a $19,750 bond.

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