Man enters residence to charge phone; arrested on drug charges

By Bonnie Culverhouse

One Minden man discovered mid-afternoon on a Friday may not have been the best time to charge your phone in a “vacant” residence.

Billy Joe Culverhouse II, 28, of the 100 block of Sarah Circle, Minden, was arrested by Minden Police for burglary, possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

Chief Steve Cropper said officers were dispatched to the 100 block of Berry Drive in reference to a subject entering and exiting a vacant residence.

“Lt. Chris Hammontree met Culverhouse as he was exiting the residence,” Cropper said. “Culverhouse told officers he was there because a friend of his used to live there, but no longer did.”

Lt. Kenneth James reportedly checked the residence, while Hammontree frisked Culverhouse and mirandized him.

“Culverhouse told officers he had left the Sarah Circle residence because of ‘drama,’ and he went into the Berry Street residence to charge his phone,” said the chief. “He then showed officers his cell phone and charger. When asked if he paid utilities at that residence, Culverhouse said no.”

When asked about property in one room of the house, Culverhouse reportedly told officers he had syringes and methamphetamine in the room.

“His property was spread out like he had been staying there at least overnight,” Cropper said.

Officers recovered several used syringes and .8 grams of methamphetamine inside the room.

“Culverhouse then advised he was on probation for possession of methamphetamine, “Cropper said. “A Probation & Parole agent was advised of his arrest.”

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