Search warrant yields drugs, arrest

By Bonnie Culverhouse

Minden Police Officers, serving a search warrant, were able to arrest a local man on multiple charges.

Kenny Wayne France Jr., 35, of the 900 block of Devereaux Street, Minden, was arrested on warrants for aggravated assault with a firearm and domestic abuse battery, as well as possession of Controlled Dangerous Substance Sch I Synthetic Marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia and as a fugitive from the Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper said his officers went to the Devereaux Street address where they knocked on the door with no success.

“Officer made entry into the residence and located France in a bedroom and Brittania Bailey in the bathroom,” Cropper said. “Both were detained.”

During a search of the residence, officers located a small baggie with Synthetic Marijuana and a Winchester box with .22 caliber ammunition and loose tobacco on a table next to a 25 automatic handgun in the bedroom where France was located.

“Also found in the bedroom were two larger bags of Synthetic Marijuana and a baggie of Methamphetamines,” said the chief. “On the floor, they found a copper scrub pad – commonly used for smoking illegal narcotics – and one spent 9MM brass.”

A digital scale was reportedly located on the bed. In the bedroom closet, officers said they found a box of gallon size plastic storage bags, a box of sandwich bags, a loaded magazine with 9MM rounds. A 30-30 lever action Winchester rifle was reportedly located in the kitchen.

“In the front room, officers found three used syringes,” Cropper said. “Multiple holes  from gunshots were located in the bedroom walls.”

Cropper said Bailey was released from the scene, but France was booked at MPD and placed in a holding cell awaiting transport to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.

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