A Minden police officer who reportedly observed a small child standing unrestrained in the rear seat of a moving vehicle parlayed the traffic stop into an arrest which includes drug charges.
Deroko Roshon Castle, a 23-year-old resident of the 700 block of E. Union, is being held in Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center on a variety of charges including possession of CDS Sch. II (cocaine) and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Chief of Police Steve Cropper said a patrol officer stopped a vehicle on W. Carolina St. after seeing the child standing in the back seat.
"When the officer got to the vehicle, he saw a second, very young child in the back seat with a seat belt buckled around him, but no proper child restraint," Cropper said. "The older child was sitting by the passenger door."
During questioning, Cropper said the suspect was acting very nervous, "...and that made our officer very suspicious. When the officer received permission to search the vehicle, he found a .45-caliber handgun under the front seat and a set of scales with what looked like Cocaine residue on the face."
In addition to the drug charges, Castle was also booked for no child restraint, driving under suspension and possession of a firearm where a controlled dangerous substance is present.