Foot Chase Leads to Narcotics, Firearms Arrest

By Bonnie Culverhouse

An increase in gun violence near Carolina Street Apartments, has led to more police presence, resulting in the arrest of a Minden man on multiple drug and firearm charges.

Richard Spencer, 27, of the 700 block of Jackson Street, was arrested by Minden Police and charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of a firearm in the presence of controlled dangerous substances, resisting an officer, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana, Oxycodone, Clonzepam, crack cocaine with intent to distribute, Hydrocodone and Alprazolam.

“One of our officers was patrolling the area because of recent gun violence,” Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper said. “The officer recognized Spencer as a possible convicted felon walking near the sidewalk and carrying an AR style rifle.”

Cropper said when the officer made contact with Spencer, the suspect refused to identify himself and fled on foot. Once Spencer was apprehended, the officer reportedly confirmed his identity.

“During a search, a pill bottle was located on his left leg,” Cropper said. “It contained Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, Clonzapam and Alprazolam, which were not located in their proper containers. Spencer did not have prescriptions for those medications.”

According to reports, further search revealed a clear baggie located in Spencer’s underwear.

“It contained suspected crack and marijuana,” the chief said. “When the chase began, the suspect tossed the firearm into a car. A search of that vehicle turned up the rifle, along with a digital scale.”

Spencer was booked and transported to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.

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