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Sheriff: Deputy smelled pot at traffic stop, but that’s not all he found inside car

Nichaulas Fantauzzi, left, and Korey Ladner
Nichaulas Fantauzzi, left, and Korey Ladner

Two men were arrested Sunday night after a Jackson County sheriff’s deputy found a bag of marijuana, a smoking pipe, digital scales and a gun inside the vehicle, Sheriff Mike Ezell said.

A deputy pulled over a car around 11:20 p.m. at the intersection of Lampkin Road and Mississippi 63, Ezell said, and he smelled marijuana as he approached the vehicle.

When the deputy arrived at the vehicle, he saw a bag of what appeared to be marijuana in the pocket behind the passenger seat, Ezell said.

Ezell said a search of the vehicle netted the bag of pot, as well as a pipe, digital scales, and a .45-caliber handgun.

The driver of the vehicle, 22-year-old Nichaulas Fantauzzi of Gautier, was arrested on charges of improper equipment, no driver’s license and felony possession of a controlled substance. The passenger in the car, 20-year-old Korey Ladner of Gautier, was arrested on a charge of felony possession of a controlled substance.

Fantauzzi and Ladner are both held at the Jackson County jail pending an initial bond hearing.

Justin Mitchell: 228-604-0705, @JustinMitchell_

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