Minden Police arrest loiterers for drugs, stolen property
A phone call from a concerned citizen resulted in drug arrests and multiple felony charges against two of three loiterers in a vehicle in a local subdivision.
Jdarius Moore, 18, of the 500 block of Patrick Street, is charged with possession of CDS Sch. I (marijuana), possession of CDS Sch. II (crack cocaine) with intent to distribute, possession of a stolen firearm and illegal carrying of a weapon.
Norrell Washington, 25, of the 100 block of Millard-Fuller Drive is charged with felony possession of CDS Sch. I (marijuana).
The third person in the vehicle was arrested on a misdemeanor marijuana charge.
Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper said the call concerning a suspicious vehicle on Millard-Fuller Street came in around 1:30 Tuesday afternoon.
"The caller gave a description of the vehicle and said it was occupied by some people that looked suspicious, so we dispatched Ofc. Chris Hammontree to the location," Cropper said. "When he pulled into the subdivision, he saw the vehicle that had been called in. It had three occupants."
Cropper said when Hammontree arrived, Moore who was the driver, Washington who was the front seat passenger and the unidentified backseat passenger exited the vehicle.
Hammontree reportedly detected an odor of suspected marijuana coming from Washington's person.
"The officer asked Moore for identification, but Moore was hesitant to give him identification or to answer any questions," Cropper said. "Moore indicated he did not have a driver's license on him."
At that point, according to the chief, Hammontree was joined by Ofc. Ben Allen, Off. Ben Gray and Off. Justin Tyson.
"When Moore indicated he had no driver's license, Ofc. Allen conducted a frisk of Moore for officer safety," said the chief. "During that frisk, Moore was hesitant to answer Allen's question about whether he had a weapon. The men also told officers there was nothing illegal in the vehicle."
Moore reportedly gave officers consent to search the vehicle.
"Off. Tyson went to the vehicle and saw what he believed to be a marijuana cigarette in the ash tray," Cropper said. "At that time, they placed all three subjects under arrest and continued the search."
According to reports, officers discovered a rolled-up paper towel with suspected marijuana inside the driver's side door handle.
"They found a prescription bottle with six rocks of suspected crack cocaine in the backseat," he continued. "They also located a plastic sack with suspected marijuana in it on the ground outside the passenger door."
Narcotics officers Capt. Marvin Garrett and Lt. Dan Weaver were called to the scene where they field-tested the suspected cocaine, which tested positive.
"At that point and time, they also found a .38 Special revolver underneath the seat," said the chief. "When they checked the serial number on the firearm, it came back as stolen."
In addition, officers found more than $650 in cash.