Confiscated powder is lethal combination of drugs

This powdery blue substance (left) contains four high-powered narcotics. Other drugs confiscated during the search and arrest are at right.

By Bonnie Culverhouse

Results from the Northwest Louisiana Crime Lab are in, and Minden Police have taken a lethal combination of drugs off the streets.

During a search last month for an alleged killer, Minden Police made an arrest of another man with a substantial amount of drugs packaged to distribute.

At a Chandler Street residence, officers reportedly located one large bag of marijuana, 2 large bags of ecstasy tablets (estimated to be around 3,000 tablets), a large bag of methamphetamines, 4 small baggies of natural marijuana, Kool plastic with synthetic marijuana, a box of sandwich baggies, marijuana grinder, digital scales, 2 small baggies with suspected fentanyl, a large amount of adderall tablets, a prescription bottle with an unknown white powder and multiple hydrocodone tablets.

Minden Police Chief Jared McIver said there were two containers of a blue powdery substance in the backpack with the other drugs.

“The crime lab reports says that substance was positive for a combination of fentanyl, methamphetamine, morphine and heroin,” McIver said. “Talk about a lethal concoction.”

On May 12, Catorio Dirante Shelton, 41, of the 100 block of Chandler Street, Minden, was arrested for possession with intent to distribute natural marijuana, ecstasy, methamphetamine, adderall, hydrocodone and synthetic marijuana.

McIver said Shelton remains in prison where new warrants have been served for possession of methamphetamine, fentanyl, morphine and heroin – four separate warrants totaling $220,000.

“That blue powder contained all four,” McIver stressed. “You’ve got three downers and one upper in that one concoction. That’s toxic. We were very fortunate to get that off the streets.”

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