Man arrested after asking police to find his lost pot

Chad Nicholson and Jason Ray Sr. 
By: Debbie Gross 

A man was arrested last week after asking police to go find his lost pot, according to reports in the news media.

Police said a passenger in a car stopped at a traffic stop and asked an officer to go get the bag of marijuana he accidentally dropped into a nearby dam, resulting in his arrest.

The 18-year-old driver, Chad Nicholson of Reserve and Jason Ray Sr., 21, of LaPlace, were booked on charges of possession of marijuana, according to reports in a local newspaper.

Kenner Police said the car smelled of marijuana when an officer stopped them and Nicholson did not have a valid driver's license or vehicle registration sticker.

Nicholson allegedly said he and Ray had smoked marijuana and had more but did not know where.

Ray, who had seen the officer out of the car briefly near a dam, reportedly said he had about an ounce under a seat. When it was not found in the car, he allegedly said: “I hope it did not fall off my lap when I came out of the car down near the dam. Could you go get my stuff?"

Arrest reports say the officer found a bag holding about one ounce of marijuana right where Ray said it would be.

The two men were booked in Gretna with possession of marijuana and possession of drugs with intent to distribute. Ray was also booked with possession of drug paraphernalia and driving without a license and an expired tag. Both were released on bail of $5,000.