K-9 Police Officer Locates Drugs in Vehicle

By Bonnie Culverhouse

Driving with an obstructed license plate caused a Minden man to be pulled over by local police, leading to an arrest on more serious charges.

Tony S. Waltman, 30, of the 100 block of High Street, is charged with possession of Sch. II Methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia, in addition to the charge of improper display of a license plate.

Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper said Officer Chris Cayer was patrolling the area of Clerk Street when he observed Waltman’s white Chevrolet S10 and initiated a traffic stop.

“Waltman’s demeanor seemed nervous to the officer, and when he asked for permission to search the vehicle, Waltman denied, saying the vehicle was not his,” Cropper said.

As Waltman stepped out of the vehicle for a pat-down, Cropper said Lt. Brandon Curry arrived on the scene with his K-9 Brahmms.

“Brahmms alerted on the vehicle, and the officers conducted the search,” Cropper said. “They located a tin containing suspected Methamphetamine, along with a glass pipe. There was also a box containing several pipes located on the passenger side of the vehicle.”

A field test reportedly confirmed the Methamphetamine. Waltman was arrested and transported to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.

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