Minden Press-Herald

Sep 30th

Napping at wheel results in drug bust

Jarvis MorganA Minden man who fell asleep behind the wheel is finishing his nap on a cot at Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center on drug charges.

Jarvis Morgan, 20, of the 600 block of Hillside Lane, was arrested for possession of Sch. I marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of CDS Sch. IV Carisoprodol, prohibited acts, disturbing the peace by intoxication, simple obstruction of a highway and open container.

Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper said around 1:30 a.m. Monday, the department received a call in reference to a vehicle stopped at a stop sign at the intersection of McIntyre and Ash streets.
"The vehicle would not proceed through the intersection," Cropper said.

Officer Jonathan Odom, Officer 1st Class Bryan King and Officer 1st Class Chris McClaran responded to the call.

"They discovered the vehicle was occupied by a single black male, the engine was running, the occupant appeared to be asleep behind the steering wheel," Cropper said. "The occupant had his foot on the brake, and the vehicle was in gear."

The chief said McClaran eased the door open and reached in to place the vehicle in park, for the occupant and officers' safety.

"Once the vehicle was in park, officers woke the occupant up," he continued. "When they did that, officers observed a large clear plastic bag containing suspected marijuana, in the driver's door in plain view. Officers also observed an opened container in the cup holder of the console."

The driver was identified, placed under arrest, advised of his rights.

"Once Morgan was taken into custody, officers searched the passenger compartment of the vehicle where they located a camouflage back pack in the backseat," Cropper said. "Inside the back pack, they found several individually wrapped bags, of suspected Sch. I marijuana, a set of scales and box of clear baggies. In the floor board of the vehicle officers also located a single white pill that was identified as a Sch. IV narcotic."

Morgan was taken to the Minden Police Department where he was booked and then transported to BDCC.






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