By Bonnie Culverhouse
Failing to secure a load of trash in the back of a vehicle landed a Homer man in a Webster Parish jail.
Steven R. Evans, 42, of the 500 block of Bella Vista Rd., Homer, was arrested by Minden Police Monday for possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to secure load.
Chief Steve Cropper said Off. Jared McIver initiated the stop on Evans’ pick-up truck when he noticed the unsecured load of trash and debris.
“The officer made contact with the driver who was later identified as Evans,” Cropper said. “Evans did not have a driver’s license and gave the officer the last name of Tims. A license could not be found for Steven Tims, either.”
Cropper said the subject finally provided the last name Evans and a NCIC check showed no license.
McIver, with the aid of Ofc. Reece Tewell, approached the vehicle to check for registration and insurance information.
“The officer detected the odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle,” said the chief. “When asked, Evans admitted there may be a ‘little marijuana’ inside.”
After advising Evans of his rights, officers searched his vehicle and reportedly discovered a partially-smoked marijuana cigarette inside a cigarette package.
“When they looked further, they located a clear Zip Loc bag lying on the front seat underneath a box. The bag contained 3.5 grams of suspected methamphetamine,” Cropper said. “”A glass pipe used to smoke meth was wrapped in an orange bandana and found in the ash tray.
Evans was placed under arrest and booked on the above charges.
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