By Bonnie Culverhouse
Minden Police and Webster Parish Sheriff’s deputies joined forces last Friday to execute a search warrant in reference to stolen firearms, making an arrest.
Connor Vance Scarlett, 19, of the 100 block of Beech Springs Rd., Minden, was arrested for illegal carrying weapons in the presence of a controlled dangerous substance and illegal possession of a stolen firearm.
Police Chief Steve Cropper said during the search of Scarlett’s residence, officers and deputies located 12 firearms, one of which was confirmed stolen, 6 firearm jigs for making ghost guns, 26 grams of natural marijuana and digital scales.
“Lt. Kenny James asked Scarlett to tell him about the guns,” Cropper said. “Scarlett told him he bought a Smith and Wesson 45 from a 15-year-old member of the CHS (Cold Hearted Steppas) juvenile gang.”
When asked about the jigs, Scarlett reportedly said he has only built the ones confiscated by police.
“He also stated the CHS gang has been trying to get him to trade for one, but he has not,” said the chief. “He denied buying or selling any guns to CHS with the one exception.”
Scarlett was booked at MPD and transported to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.
(Editor’s note: Jigs are kits that consist of metal or plastic plates, bolts, and drill bits and end mill bits. Jigs are made specific to the firearm being built – whether it’s an AR rifle or pistol, or a handgun – so parts and appearances vary.)
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