Police arrest one on multiple drug charges 

By Bonnie Culverhouse

Minden Police have arrested a local man on drug charges.

James “Skull” Bailey Jr., 53, of the 700 block of Sibley Road, Minden, was taken into custody April 1. He has been charged with 2 counts of resisting with force or violence, possession of Ecstasy with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute.

Police Chief Steve Cropper said officers received multiple calls about Bailey walking on Plum Street. Witnesses said he had drugs and a firearm.

“Lt. Chris Hammontree observed Bailey at the intersection of Plum and George Street,” Cropper said. “When Bailey saw the officer, he put whatever was in his right hand into his waistband.”

Lt. Hammontree reportedly radioed for back up. Officer Anthony Miller and Officer Ben Sparks arrived as Hammontree was making contact with Bailey.

“When Lt. Hammontree frisked Bailey for officer safety, he felt a cylindrical object that he thought might be a firearm,” said the chief. “At that point, Bailey ran. Officers caught up to him. Off. Sparks held him at gunpoint, while the others cuffed him. Bailey had to be held down by multiple officers just to search him.”

According to the chief, the cylindrical object in Bailey’s waistband was a sock. Inside, officers reportedly found 10 baggies of marijuana (59.29 grams) packaged for sale. Also there was a black hard case holding more than 10 rocks of cocaine weighing more than 3 grams and a baggie of Ecstasy containing 14 dosage units (4.59 grams).

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