Drug dealer off the streets

By Bonnie Culverhouse

With the aid of K9 officer Tigo, Minden Police removed a major drug dealer from local streets last Friday.

Michael Allen Bradley, 40, of the 2400 block of Harveys Barbershop Rd., Dubberly, is charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of powder cocaine, 2 counts of possession of oxycodone, possession of alprazolam, possession of drug paraphernalia, improper lane usage and driving under suspension.

Chief Steve Cropper said Lt. Chris Hammontree and Tigo observed Bradley’s vehicle Friday around 8 p.m. as it turned onto Morris Drive from Homer Road.

“The vehicle drove on the double yellow line down Morris Drive, so Lt. Hammontree initiated a traffic stop,” Cropper said. “The driver, Bradley, could not produce a driver’s license nor proof of insurance or registration.”

Cropper said Hammontree recognized Bradley as someone he had arrested for drug violations in December 2021.

“Bradley’s body language was concealing in nature,” said the chief. “When Lt. Hammontree ran his license, he found it was suspended.”

When Off. Jason Smith reportedly arrived on scene, the officers removed Bradley from the vehicle. He was then asked to call a licensed driver to take control of it.

“When Lt. Hammontree asked for consent to search the vehicle, Bradley denied it,” Cropper said. “While Off. Smith walked Bradley to the front of the patrol unit, Hammontree retrieved K9 Tigo from his patrol vehicle. Tigo alerted to the presence of illegal narcotics in the vehicle.”

After brief questioning, Bradley reportedly told officers there was a small amount of marijuana, a half gram of methamphetamine and a meth pipe in the front seat.

During a search of the vehicle, officers reportedly located a total of 13.92 grams of methamphetamine in several baggies, 11.82 grams of marijuana in two bags, 1.92 grams of powder cocaine in two baggies, two oxycodone/acetaminophen pills, one oxycodone hydrochloride 30 mg pill, one alprazolam pill, a used needle, two meth pipes, one THC wax pipe, a digital scale and a push rod.

An unknown substance was reportedly sent to the lab for testing.

“Bradley’s boss showed up to get the vehicle, but when he saw Bradley was getting arrested for drugs, he left the scene,” Cropper said.

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