Officers of the Bay St. Louis Police Department last week arrested a California man for drug possession and firearm violations.

“On Nov. 5, the Bay St. Louis Police Department arrested 40-year-old Oscar Thomas, III, of Dale City, CA, and charged him with Possession of a Weapon by a Convicted Felon, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, and four counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute,” Chief Gary Ponthieux Jr. said in a press release Friday.

Officers pulled Thomas over in a traffic stop in the 500 block of Bookter Street, Ponthieux said.

When detectives searched his vehicle, they “seized a stolen handgun, approximately 13 ounces of marijuana, approximately 14 grams of methamphetamine, eight dosage units of MDMA ‘ecstasy,’ and 14 dosage units of oxycodone,” Ponthieux said. “Detectives also located a hidden compartment inside the vehicle, which contained a large amount of US currency.”

Thomas is convicted of multiple felonies in the state of California and was on bond for an additional felony charge for possessing a firearm in California at the time of his arrest, Ponthieux said.

As of Friday, Thomas was still being held at the Hancock County Adult Detention Center on a $65,000 bond, with a hold for the state of California.

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