An early-morning traffic stop ended in the arrest of a 24-year-old Lawrence man suspected of multiple crimes, including a pair of felony drug offenses.
The suspect, Michael Lee Saghbene, was booked into Douglas County Jail early Wednesday with bond set at $27,000. Kim Murphree, a Lawrence Police Department spokeswoman, said Saghbene was arrested after being stopped at 1:32 a.m. by a patrol officer in the parking lot of an apartment complex in the 300 block of West 14th Street.
Murphree said the officer determined that Saghbene was impaired shortly after he exited his vehicle. After talking to Saghbene, Murphree said, the officer arrested him on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Upon further investigation, officers found an estimated 123 grams of a green leafy substance consistent with marijuana and drug paraphernalia, Murphree said.
In addition to a second-offense driving while intoxicated charge, Saghbene is also suspected of felony cultivation and distribution of a controlled substance and felony possession of drug paraphernalia. Additional charges of not having a drug tax stamp and refusing a breathalyzer test were also added.