‘Dying’ woman wants to trade Meth for Valium

By Bonnie Culverhouse

A woman who called 911 to say she was dying is alive and well at Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.

Maranda Richardson, 51, of the 1200 block of Shreveport Rd. was arrested by Minden Police for possession of Sch. II Methamphetamine.

Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper said Lt. Chris Hammontree took the call and when he arrived found an open door to the reported motel room.

“Lt. Hammontree entered the room and found no one inside,” Cropper said. “When he exited, Richardson came up to him and said it was her room and asked if the officer thought it ‘smelled bad.’”

Hammontree reportedly told the woman he did not smell anything out of the ordinary, and Richardson asked if he would check everything in the room.

“At that point, EMS arrived and spoke with Richardson while Lt. Hammontree searched the room,” said the chief. “He located .36g Methamphetamine in a cigarette wrapper that was in a pink makeup bag on the bed.”

Cropper said Richardson refused help from EMS, and Lt. Hammontree transported her to MPD where she was mirandized.

“When asked about the Meth, Richardson admitted it was hers, and she wanted to trade it for Valium,” Cropper said. “She also admitted that when she got in the holding cell, she remembered she had more Meth in her bra. She flushed it down the toilet.”

Richardson was booked and later transported to BDCC.