Minden Press-Herald

Oct 02nd

Recipe for arrest

Stephen_BienkowskiEmma_K._LorussoIt isn't your mother's brownie recipe, but it was a recipe for arrest.

Minden Police have taken a couple into custody on drug charges after finding individually-wrapped marijuana brownies inside their vehicle, during a traffic stop.

Emma Lorusso, 22, of the 100 block of Crystal Pond Road, East Ford, Connecticut, is charged with possession of Sch. I (marijuana) with intent to distribute, possession of Sch. II (cocaine) with intent to distribute, possession of Sch. III (Adderall) and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was also cited for no driver's license and no brake lights.

Stephen Bienkowski, 25, of the 2300 block of E. Main, Mesa, Arizona, was arrested and charged with possession of Sch. I (marijuana) with intent to distribute, possession of Sch. II (cocaine) with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Chief Steve Cropper said around 5:15 a.m. Tuesday, Ofc. Danny Turner stopped a vehicleon Shreveport Road. It was driven by Lorusso and was pulling a trailer with no lights.

"The driver of the vehicle was Lorusso, who was asked for her driver's license, which she couldn't provide," Cropper said. "The vehicle was also occupied by two males, so Turner called for a back-up unit."

Cropper said Lorusso was asked if she had anything illegal inside the vehicle.

"When she didn't respond, Turner asked her again and she said there was marijuana inside her purse," said the chief. "Then, she informed Officer Turner that she also had some cocaine inside her purse."

Lorusso was placed under arrest, and Turner was reportedly given verbal consent to search the vehicle.

Along with the aid of Off. Chase Wimberly, Off. Shawn Jenkins and Lt. Tim Morris, the male occupants were reportedly removed from the vehicle. One was identified as Bienkowski, who allegedly admitted there was marijuana and cocaine inside the vehicle.

"The other occupant indicated he had no knowledge of anything illegal," Cropper said. "He was not charged and eventually released."

Search of the vehicle reportedly yielded additional marijuana, individually-wrapped marijuana brownies and more than $800 in cash.

Lorusso and Bienkowski were booked at the Minden Police Department and transported to  Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.






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