Two arrested with mushrooms in vehicle

By Bonnie Culverhouse

During a recent insurance checkpoint, Webster Parish Sheriff’s deputies arrested two men on multiple drug and alcohol charges.

Christopher Harper, 24, of the 7100 block of hwy. 154, Jamestown and Dylan Lewis, 19, of the 1300 block of Dorcheat Road, Minden, were arrested for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine, possession of Psilocybin (mushrooms), with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia and open container.

Harper had an additional charge of broken tail light.

Webster Parish Sheriff Jason Parker said last Wednesday night Dep. Jacob Winiarski and Sgt. Josh McCormick set up a checkpoint at the intersection of Allen Drive and Bayou Avenue.

“When Harper and his passenger, Lewis, drove up to the checkpoint, Harper could not provide proof of insurance,” Parker said. “Deputies also noticed an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. They complied with the request to exit the vehicle. Harper had green leafy vegetation on his pants.”

Parker said Lewis admitted he had a small amount of marijuana in his pocket.

“Dept. Winiarski recovered the marijuana from Lewis’ pocket,” said the sheriff. “At that point, they had probable cause to search the vehicle. In the center console, they recovered 2 large bags of suspected marijuana, a Zip Loc bag of mushrooms and a Cigarillo packet with a small Zip Loc bag containing suspected cocaine.”

Reportedly, there were 2 styrofoam cups with frozen mixed drinks and straws behind the center console.

Harper had 2 active warrants from WPSO.

“At first, Harper said all the suspected narcotics were his,” Parker said. “A few minutes later, he denied they were his and said they belonged to Lewis, who also denied ownership.”

Both were arrested and booked into Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center. Harper’s vehicle was towed.

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