Traffic stop uncovers drugs

By Bonnie Culverhouse

A routine traffic stop last Friday night led to the arrest of a local man on drug charges.

Mark Willis, 56 of the 200 block of Bryant Rd., Minden, was taken into custody around 11 p.m. after he was stopped by Minden Police Off. Jared McIver and Ofc. Jason Lee.

He is charged with possession of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and no tail lights.

Police Chief Steve Cropper said McIver initiated the stop on Pine Street in Minden.

“Willis told the officer his light switch was not working,” Cropper said. “A check of Willis’ driver’s license through NCIC showed a history of drug arrests.”

Willis reportedly gave officers permission to search his vehicle when McIver noticed fresh needle track marks on his left arm.

“Once in the vehicle, the officer saw a syringe under a CD case, attached to the center console of the truck,” said the chief. “Next to the syringe were two clear Zip Loc bags containing suspected crystal methamphetamine.”

Officers recovered the suspected meth and the capped, empty syringe.

“When asked, Willis said all the illegal items belonged to him,” Cropper said. “His vehicle was released to his wife, who was a passenger in the truck with him.”

Willis was transported to MPD and later to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.

This information has been provided by a law enforcement agency as public information. Persons named as suspects in a criminal investigation, or arrested and charged with a crime, have not been convicted of any criminal offense and are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.