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Seat belt stop leads to drug arrest in Plainfield

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Jequon Francis. (Plainfield police photo) Jequon Francis. (Plainfield police photo)

A driver initially pulled over for not wearing a seat belt was arrested on drug charges, according to police.

Plainfield police said they saw Jequon Francis, 27, heading northbound on Norwich Road in the area of an Xtra Mart gas station.

Just before 11:30 p.m. on Sunday, they tried to catch up.

However, they said Francis increased his speed.

Officers were eventually able to conduct the stop on Six Street.

During the stop, police said Francis appeared to be profusely sweating and acted nervous. He was also frequently reaching under his seat and not following commands.

Police said they noticed a rolled dollar bill with what appeared to be heroin on it.

Francis was asked to leave his Nissan Altima and gave officers consent to search the car.

Police said they found baggies containing heroin in the suspect's wallet.

Francis then admitted to officers that he attempted to evade them so he wouldn't get pulled over.

Police took him into custody and charged him with possession of narcotics, possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to wear a seat belt.

Francis was held on a $7,500 bond and scheduled to face a judge on Nov. 14 in Danielson.

Police also said that he was on probation for prior drug charges at the time of the traffic stop.

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