Convicted felon arrested during traffic stop

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MONROE, La. (KNOE) Bokeem Marsalis, 23, is facing several charges after a traffic stop near Louberta Street and Church Street.

According to the arrest report, Marsalis was driving a maroon Pontiac Grand Prix around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 4th when he failed to use the turn signal while turning left from Louberta Street onto Church Street. The report indicates Marsalis exited the vehicle and attempted to walk away from the area when an officer instructed him to stop. The officer then put Marsalis in handcuffs.

The reporting officer says Marsalis refused to answer questions regarding his driver's license and whether there were illegal items inside the car. After placing Marsalis inside the patrol unit, a K9 was called to the scene. The search resulted in officers finding a Glock handgun and a small plastic bag with three rocks inside believed to be crack/cocaine. According to the report, Marsalis didn't respond when asked about the gun and suspected drugs. A background check revealed Marsalis was a convicted felon and prohibited from possessing a firearm.

Marsalis is charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance (Schedule II), possession of firearm or carrying concealed weapon by a person convicted of certain felonies, illegal carrying weapon (presence of narcotics), and signals by hand and arm or signal lamps.