Traffic violations lead to drug arrest

By Bonnie Culverhouse

Speeding and running a stop sign led to multiple drug charges for a local man early Monday morning.

Lish Antonio Island, 51, of the 100 block of Austins Rd., Minden, was arrested by Minden Police and charged with driving while intoxicated, traffic violations, including driving under suspension, possession of Ecstasy with intent to distribute, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute and possession of a legend drug (Viagra).

Chief Steve Cropper said Ofc. Reece Tewell clocked Island’s 1995 Cadillac Eldorado traveling 45 miles per hour in a 25-mph zone on Cox Lane. It allegedly did not come to a complete stop before turning onto Bayou Avenue.

“Officer Tewell pursued the vehicle, and once stopped, identified the driver as Island, who only had an ID card and no driver’s license,” Cropper said. “The officer observed a beer can on the floorboard of the backseat along with a cooler which was on the backseat.”

Tewell reportedly asked Island if he had been drinking. Island allegedly told the officer he’d had “three or four beers.”

“The officer conducted a field sobriety test, and Island failed all three categories,” said the chief. “Then, while searching Island for weapons or contraband, Ofc. Tewell located a round blue pill in his front left pocket. It was later identified as Viagra.”

Cropper said Off. Jared McIver searched the vehicle and located an orange prescription pill bottle in the center console.

“Inside the bottle were several small clear bags containing different substances,” Cropper said. “All of the narcotics were in amounts suspected to be packaged for individual sales.”

Police recovered 3.3 grams of Methamphetamine, 1.0 gram of crack cocaine, 33.5 pills of Ecstasy and one viagra pill.

Island reportedly refused to sign his rights relating to chemical testing for intoxication and refused a proper breath sample.

He was 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.