Springhill police arrest man on drug charges

By Bonnie Culverhouse

A north Webster Parish man is in trouble with the law on multiple drug charges.

Richard Roberds, 43, of N. Main St., Springhill, was arrested by Springhill Police for possession of suboxone, methamphetamine, 3 counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting an officer by flight.

Springhill Police Chief Will Lynd said Ofc. J. Dilorenzo conducted a traffic stop on the corner of Hickory St. and Hwy. 371 around 11 p.m. Sunday.

“As the vehicle stopped, the passenger door flew open and a male suspect fled on foot to the southeast,” said the chief. “The officer put the female driver in the back of his patrol car for safety reasons. At that point officers first class H. Boyle and J. Adkins arrived and began to search the area for the male, later identified as Roberds.”

Ofc. Dilorenzo reported  as he approached the vehicle, he could see an open container of Ole Smoky Moonshine. He reportedly told the female driver he was placing her under arrest for open container.

“The officer conducted a vehicle search incident to the arrest,” Lynd said. “Meanwhile the other officers made contact with Roberds and as Ofc. Dilorenzo approached, he saw Roberds hiding under a car.”

A search of Roberds person reportedly yielded a small white pill suspected suboxone inside a cigarette pack.

“As Roberds was escorted back to the police department, further search of the vehicle turned up a small black box that was unlocked,” Lynd said. “Roberds name was on the box, and a letter inside the box had his name on it.”

Inside the box, officers reportedly recovered eight small orange needles, a white scale, burnt spoons with a brownish clear substance stuck on the metals, two small white shaped cotton objects that were hard and one small glass pipe used to smoke methamphetamine. The cotton objects were later tested for methamphetamine, using a field test kit. Results were positive for meth.

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