MPD arrests brothers on drug charges

Confiscated drugs are shown with K9 Tigo, Lt. Chris Hammontree (back left) and Off. Ben Sparks

By Bonnie Culverhouse

Failing to halt at a stop sign netted Minden Police 2 men on multiple drug charges.

Thomas George, 70, of the 200 block of Cox Lane, Minden, was arrested for possession of crack cocaine and powder cocaine with intent to distribute, and 2 counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Andy George, 66, of the 1300 block of Rex Avenue, Shreveport, was arrested for possession of crack cocaine and powder cocaine with intent to distribute, failure to stop and improper display of license plate.

Police Chief Jared McIver said Lt. Chris Hammontree and Off. Benjamin Sparks were on patrol around 7 p.m. July 7 when they observed a silver Honda failing to stop at the intersection of Webster Avenue and Weston Street.

“They also noticed the license plate on the vehicle was obstructed by a plate cover so they initiated a stop on Winford Street at Oakland,” McIver said. “Officers said the front seat passenger, identified as Thomas George, seemed very nervous.”

Lt. Hammontree asked the driver, brother Andy George for consent to search the vehicle. George allegedly denied the request.

“While Officer Sparks began writing a citation, Lt. Hammontree retrieved K9 Officer Tigo from his patrol unit and performed an open air sniff of the subject’s vehicle,” McIver said. “Tigo showed odor response for the presence of illegal narcotics.”

Officers asked the brothers to exit the vehicle, and during a frisk, Off. Sparks reportedly located a used straw for snorting cocaine and a baggie containing .5 grams of powder cocaine in one of the brothers’ pockets.

“Off. Sparks also located .3 grams of crack cocaine in a pocket,” said the chief. “A probable cause search of the vehicle yielded a large baggie of 3.3 grams of powder cocaine and 5.1 grams of crack cocaine in a slot in the dash of the vehicle.”

McIver said the drugs have an estimated street value of $1,000.

“Both parties were mirandized and neither claimed knowledge of the larger baggie of crack and powder cocaine,” he said. “Once at the police department, a used crack pipe was located in one of the men’s pockets.”

Both were booked and transported to Bayou  Dorcheat Correctional Center.

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