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Authorities said they arrested a 43-year-old man this week after discovering illegal drugs, a firearm, and thousands of dollars in cash during a traffic stop.

In a statement, Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard said criminal patrol deputies initiated a traffic stop on a Dodge Charger “for traffic offenses” on Magnolia Beach Road. During the stop, Ard said deputies “observed suspected narcotics in plain view.”

A search of that vehicle was conducted, and deputies seized the following items: $14,018 in cash; one pistol; 25 grams of crack cocaine; 1.3 ounces of MDA; 4.3 ounces of heroin; 1.1 pounds of cocaine; 1.2 pounds of methamphetamine; and 16.15 pounds of marijuana.

Howard Golphin was booked into the Livingston Parish Detention Center on drug-related and weapon charges, according to online booking records.

“Great job to the LPSO: alert & observant,” Ard said.

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