What began as a response to a disturbance call at a local motel became a drug bust and an animal rescue for Minden city police officers.
Chief of Police Steve Cropper said officers arrested 24-year-old Christopher Kyle Cassel on a variety of drug-related charges and a cruelty charge after finding illegal narcotics in his room at a motel on the Shreveport Road.
Outside the room, inside a vehicle belonging to the suspect, officers saw two puppies which apparently had not received food or water for some time. The temperature at the time was 32 degrees, Cropper said.
"From the condition of the vehicle's interior, the little puppies had obviously been in the vehicle for some time," Cropper said.
Officers then requested permission from the suspect to enter his room, the chief said.
"He allowed our officers to enter his room and when they did so, they smelled a strong odor of what they believed to be marijuana," Cropper said. "They also noticed several small plastic baggies on the floor in plain sight."
After receiving permission to search the room, officers located two baggies of marijuana, one baggie of methamphetamine, two meth pipes, rolling papers and a mirror with white powder residue on it. Cropper said the items were found behind a television set.
In the vehicle officers also found a bag containing 99 new plastic baggies, one scale with marijuana "shake" on it and a black case containing more than 100 plastic baggies commonly used to bag marijuana, Cropper said.
Cassel has been booked at Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center on charges of possession of marijuana second offense, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of cruelty to animals.