Traffic stop leads to drug arrest

By Bonnie Culverhouse

A routine traffic stop led to the arrest of a man on multiple drug charges.

Dylan Issac Thomas, 20, of the 2300 block of Franklin Rd., Minden, was arrested by Minden Police around 11 p.m. Saturday and charged with possession of Schedule 3, possession of a legend drug, possession of drug paraphernalia and expired registration.

Chief Steve Cropper said Off. Jared McIver initiated the traffic stop on Shreveport Road. It was reportedly for an expired registration decal on an Arkansas license plate.

“The driver was identified as Thomas, who told the officer that he was unaware of the expired license plate,” Cropper said. “It was also discovered that Thomas had never purchased nor applied for a driver’s license.”

Thomas reportedly told the officer the vehicle belonged to his girlfriend’s mother.

“He was asked twice if there was any type of weapons or anything considered illegal inside the vehicle,” said the chief. “He advised he didn’t think so.”

Lt. Chris Hammontree reportedly arrived on the scene to assist.

“Thomas was displaying nervous behavior, so after officers checked his outer clothing, they conducted a search inside the vehicle,” Cropper said. “Off. McIver checked for weapons within wingspan reach and attempted to locate paperwork regarding the vehicle. He noticed what appeared to be a black bag underneath the driver’s front seat.”

The bag reportedly contained one set of digital scales, 11 pills labeled MX32 legend drugs and one film strip of Sublingual.

Thomas was arrested and transported 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.

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