Suspect Swallows Evidence

By Bonnie Culverhouse

A fugitive from the Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office has been arrested by Minden Police, but only after a struggle ending in the suspect swallowing part of the evidence.

Dexter Donnell Walker, 41, of the 200 block of Syrup Mill Road, Minden, was arrested by MPD for resisting by force or violence, possession of Methamphetamine, obstruction of justice and as a fugitive from WPSO.

“Officer Mathew Hicks was notified by Webster Narcotics Agent Shawn Jenkins that he was following Walker on McIntyre Street, and that he was a known fugitive through the sheriff’s office,” Minden Police Chief Steve Copper said. “Hicks initiated a traffic stop at the intersection of E. Union and Gleason streets and identified the driver as Walker.”

Hicks reportedly noticed Walker grabbing his waistband as he exited the vehicle. He also said he noticed Walker had a gray baggie clinched in his right hand and what appeared to be a cell phone in his left hand.

“When Off. Hicks ordered Walker to place his hands on the hood of the vehicle, Walker would not unclench his hand,” Cropper said. “As Hicks reached to grab his hand, Walker tensed his arms, jerked away and ran from the officer.”

As Hicks reportedly placed Walker on the ground, the suspect tucked his right arm beneath his abdomen to avoid being handcuffed.

“Agent Jenkins showed up to help with the arrest, and Walker put the gray baggie in his mouth before they cuffed him,” said the chief. “The officers could see parts of the baggie inside his mouth and tried to retrieve it. Then Walker swallowed the baggie.”

When officers searched Walker, the reportedly found a small orange baggie containing suspected Methamphetamine in his right pants pocket. MPD Officer Michael Cayer, who had arrived on the scene, located 38 counterfeit 100-dollar bills in the driver’s seat of Walker’s vehicle.

Deputies and officers found other counterfeit bills in the car, as well as a small clear baggie of suspected methamphetamines in the pocket of clothing in the trunk.

After a trip to Minden Medical Center, Walker was booked at MPD and transported to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.

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