If a Minden man had observed a stop sign, it may have stopped a trip to jail and a major drug bust for Minden Police.
Johnny Ray Butler, Jr., 35, of the 100 block of Clerk Street, is charged with possession of CDS Sch. I marijuana, possession of CDS Sch. II crystal methamphetamine over 28 grams, possession of CDS Sch. IV Xanax, possession of drug paraphernalia, a stop sign violation and driving under suspension.
During a routine traffic stop, Minden Police Off. Clint Smith and Ofc. Kenny James recovered 47 grams of methaphetamine, two Xanax bars, two spoons used for smoking and/or shooting methamphetamine, individual bags, scales and more than $1,050 in cash.
Chief Steve Cropper said street value of the methamphetamine was $100 per gram.
"That was almost $5,000 worth of meth," Cropper said.
Butler was reportedly stopped around 9:30 a.m. Monday after failing to observe a stop sign at the intersection of Chandler Street and Lewisville Road.
Off. Smith was travelling southbound on Lewisville Road when he observed Butler, who was on Chandler Street, drive through the sign and turn north on Lewisville.
Smith said when he stopped Butler, his demeanor told the officer there may be something more to the situation.
"His nervousness tipped me off," Smith said. "It's natural for anybody to be nervous on first contact with a police officer on a traffic stop."
Smith said he usually talks with a driver for a few minutes in order to help calm them.
"Butler stayed nervous," Smith said. "He was prespiring quite a bit."
Ofc. Kenny James was dispatched to assist Smith.
A computer check for prior arrests showed Butler was driving with a suspended license but no arrest warrants.
"After I wrote him a citation, I had him step to the back of the vehicle with us," Smith said. "He was still just sweating bullets. I started talking to him and he admitted to having a hand-rolled marijuana cigarette in the vehicle."
Butler gave officers consent to search his vehicle, and Ofc. James discovered the drugs and paraphernalia inside a small black bag hidden in a larger one that resembled a man's travel kit.
"It was under the driver's side seat," James said.
Butler was arrested without incident.