Traffic stop leads to drug charges

By Bonnie Culverhouse

A routine traffic stop led to the arrest of a juvenile and an adult on drug charges.

Nicholas Gregory Taylor, 18, of the 900 block of Arcadia Rd., Minden, was arrested by Minden Police around 8:30 p.m. Saturday. He is charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of a legend drug.

Chief Steve Cropper said Off. Jared McIver stopped a 2006 Ford for improper lane usage at the intersection Broadway and E. Union Street.

“As he approached the vehicle, the officer could detect a very strong odor of marijuana emitting from the inside of the vehicle,” Cropper said. “The driver was a juvenile and Taylor, the passenger, is an adult.”

According to the report, both subjects admitted to having marijuana inside the center console.

“Officer (Kayla) Little and Lt. (Spencer) Tippen arrived on scene and aided in frisking the subjects for weapons,” said the chief. “The juvenile had three bags of suspected marijuana concealed on his person. Five more individually packaged bags of marijuana were discovered inside the vehicle, along with a pill box that contained 8 pills later identified as Tizanidine Hydrochloride.”

The 8 bags of suspected marijuana reportedly weighed 59 grams.

Cropper said the juvenile was taken into custody and later released to a parent, while Taylor was processed at MPD and transferred 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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