Routine stop leads to big bust for deputies 

By Bonnie Culverhouse

A routine traffic stop by a Webster Parish Sheriff’s deputy netted a Minden man on multiple drug charges.

Brian Kelly Herndon, 36, of the 100 block of Posey Lane, is charged with improper lane usage, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm in the presence of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of Marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and three counts of possession of Sch. IV with intent to distribute.

Sheriff Jason Parker said Deputy Aaron Barnes was traveling southbound on Hwy. 371 near Sibley when he observed Herndon’s vehicle cross the center line and fog lane several times.

“He conducted a traffic stop just north of a Sibley dollar store, and talked with Herndon, who admitted he was swerving,” Parker said. “He appeared nervous and would not look at the deputy, but Barnes could smell an overwhelming odor of Marijuana coming from the passenger compartment.”

Barnes reportedly asked Herndon if there were any weapons in the vehicle.

“Herndon told the deputy there were not,” said the sheriff. “Deputy Barnes had Herndon step out of the vehicle where he conducted a pat down for officer safety. When the deputy asked about the odor, Herndon admitted he had a couple of ounces.”

Deputy Barnes reportedly conducted a probable cause search of the vehicle and located a loaded handgun in the center console. With the aid of Deputy Jordan Greer and Lt. Chuck Clark, further search of the vehicle reportedly turned up approximately 4.92 ounces of suspected Methamphetamine in several baggies, 4.52 ounces of natural Marijuana, a plastic bag containing 3 Clonazepam pills and 1 Alprazolam pill, several glass pipes, small baggies and a set of scales.

“They also found more than 700 dollars in different denominations,” Parker said. “The handgun was a 1917 model with no serial number.”

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