Estella W. Hawk, 54, of the 100 block of Fuller Street, was arrested for possession of CDS Sch. II (crack cocaine) and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Police Chief Steve Cropper said the first call his officers received was actually from Hawk, complaining her wallet had been stolen.
"Officer First Class Danny Turner and Officer First Class Chris McClaren were checking out a complaint filed by Ms. Hawk, who said she had been in an argument with her husband, and thought he had stolen her wallet," Cropper said. "They were questioning her story because she seemed quite inebriated."
Officers left the Fuller Street shelter and about an hour later, they reportedly returned to answer a call from the administrator who had allegedly found the wallet on a back porch area of the shelter.
"The administrator said she thought there might be illegal drugs in the wallet because she noticed some plastic baggies sticking out of it," Cropper said.
Officers again talked to Hawk who had been reportedly evicted from the shelter. The administrator said Hawk had been ordered not to come back but had returned.
"The officers asked Hawk if that was her purse, and she indicated it was," said the chief. "She indicated everything in it belonged to her."
When the officers searched the purse they found crack cocaine and a crack pipe.
Hawk was arrested, booked at the Minden Police Department and transported to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.