Man has drugs in presence of minor

By Bonnie Culverhouse

Minden Police, with the help of Webster Parish Sheriff’s deputies, arrested a local man last Tuesday on drug and firearms charges.

Bryan Carr, 38, of the 2300 block of Germantown Rd., Minden, is charged with 2 counts of possession of methamphetamine, 4 counts of possession of Subutex, contributing to the delinquency of juveniles, illegal use of controlled dangerous substances in the presence of a person under 17 years of age, illegal use of a firearm with a controlled dangerous substance and driving under suspension.

Minden Police Chief Jared McIver said Ofc. Chris Cayer was patrolling Country Club Circle around mid-afternoon January 10 when he witnessed a 2004 Toyota cross the center line.

“The officer initiated a traffic stop on Murry Drive at Country Club Circle,” McIver said. “He made contact with the driver, who identified himself as Carr, and he informed the officer that he was having issues with his steering, his driver’s license is suspended and he had a firearm in the vehicle.”

Around this time, WPSO Dep. Jacob Winiarski reportedly arrived on scene to assist, and Cayer invited Carr to exit the vehicle.

“As Cayer was completing a pat-down of Carr, he said the firearm was in the glove box,” said the chief. “Winiarski then invited two passengers – one in the front seat and one in the back – to exit the vehicle. The front passenger was identified as a 15-year-old female juvenile. The rear passenger identified herself as the juvenile’s sister.”

Cayer reportedly asked and received permission to secure the firearm from the glove box, however, Carr refused to give permission for officers to search his vehicle for additional weapons and narcotics.

“The officer requested aid from Lt. Brandon Curry and his K-9 assistant Brams,” said McIver. “Lt. Curry arrived on scene, and Carr began to act nervously, pacing back and forth and saying something about Subutex in the ashtray and methamphetamine in a dollar bill under the driver’s seat.”

Curry deployed Brams and the K-9 reportedly alerted on the vehicle, enabling officers to conduct a search.

“Just like Carr said, there was Subutex in the ash tray and they found the dollar bill containing suspected methamphetamine,” said the chief. “Carr was arrested and gave permission for the rear seat passenger to take possession of the vehicle.”

Neither passenger was charged.

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