By Bonnie Culverhouse
Two persons from out of parish are in a Webster Parish jail following a routine traffic stop Monday.
Danny Lee William Lenard, 38, of the 1800 block of Bayou Bend Dr., Bossier City, was arrested by Minden Police for possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, obstruction of justice, operating a vehicle with suspended license, possession of alcoholic beverages in a motor vehicle and missing brake light.
Kelli Powers Long, 40, of the 6400 block of Willard Ave., Shreveport, is charged with possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, obstruction of justice, open container and on an active warrant for theft of a motor vehicle.
Minden Police Chief Jared McIver said Sgt. Chris Cayer and Off. Cadyn O’Connor were patrolling in the Homer Road area around 8 p.m. April 24 when they noticed a grey Chevrolet Silvardo traveling north. The vehicle was reportedly missing a driver’s side tail light.
“Sgt. Cayer initiated a traffic stop near the intersection of Homer Road and Country Club Circle,” said the chief. “The truck was displaying a Mississippi license plate.”
McIver said the driver was identified as Lenard and there were two female passengers with him in the single cab truck. One was identified as Long.
“When officers talked to Lenard, he told them his license was suspended,” McIver said. “The officers asked Lenard to step out of the vehicle and asked for consent to search it.”
Lenard reportedly made the comment, “There’s nothing in my vehicle but an open beer and (Long) was drinking that. So, no, I don’t want you to search, I don’t have time.”
By admitting there was an open container inside of the vehicle, officers then had probable cause to search for more open containers. Long and the other female passenger were asked to exit the vehicle.
“Officers located a 40-ounce beer in the middle of the truck, closer to the passenger side,” McIver said. “Inside the bottle Sgt. Cayer located a plastic baggie that contained suspected methamphetamine. Both women stated the beer belonged to Lenard. Lenard and Long denied the beer and the suspected meth.”
The other passenger reportedly claimed Lenard was drinking the beer first and passed the beer to Long. She also reportedly stated that she and Lenard watched Long disposed of the suspected drugs into the beer bottle and then shot the contents of a syringe into it. A syringe was reportedly located in the middle of the truck.
Lenard and Long were transported to Minden City Police Department and transferred to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.
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