Employees at a local convenience store thought one of their customers was acting a little fishy, and their concern led Minden Police to arrest a man on numerous drug-related charges.
Joseph Bledsoe, 50, of the 600 block of Lockner Road, El Dorado, Arkansas, was charged with possession of CDS Sch. III (Lortab) with intent to distribute, possession of CDS Sch. III (Lorcet) with intent to distribute, possession of CDS Sch. IV (Klonpin) with intent to distribute and disturbing the peace.
Police Chief Steve Cropper said his officers were dispatched to the Sibley Road store around 6:45 p.m. Saturday.
"The employees said there was a suspicious-looking person who was acting funny," Cropper said. "So, Ofc. Danny Turner went to the location and made contact with the employees who said the man was acting really strange. They didn't know if he was intoxiated or possibly under the influence of something."
According to the witnesses, Bledsoe and a female passenger were still on the premises, sitting in a vehicle in the parking lot.
"Turner pulled his unit up behind the suspect's vehicle, and when he saw there were two people in the truck, he called for another unit," Cropper said.
Lt. Tim Morris was reportedly dispatched to the location to provide back-up.
"They made contact with Bledsoe and his passenger," Cropper said. "Bledsoe appeared to be very much under the influence of something – they weren't sure what. They couldn't detect any odor of alcohol, but he appeared to be very impaired."
According to Cropper, Bledsoe and his companion placed their hands in their pockets and would not cooperate with police demands to remove them.
"They asked the two if they had been taking any sort of drugs, and the passenger indicated they had been smoking crack cocaine," Cropper said. "Officers handcuffed them for security and obtained consent to search the vehicle."
Cropper said once inside the vehicle, officers found a pill bottle between the seats. It contained several different types of pills.
Bledsoe reportedly admitted the pills belonged to him, and officers placed Bledsoe under arrest.
"Officers located nine Klonpins, seven Lortabs and eight Lorcets," Cropper said. "They were both brought to the Minden Police Department, where the female passenger was eventually released with no charges."
Bledsoe was booked and taken to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.