A malfunctioning piece of equipment on a pickup truck has led to a narcotics bust for Minden police officers and a trip to the lockup for a local man.
William R. Shuford, 54, a resident of the 100 block of Southfield, is charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. He is currently being held at Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.
Minden Chief of Police Steve Cropper said officers stopped the vehicle for a non-functioning brake light. Shuford, a passenger in the vehicle, was arrested after officers reportedly found a quantity of the drug in the vehicle's glove box, the chief said. Officers later determined the stash belonged to Shuford.
"When our officers stopped the vehicle they questioned the driver and Shuford to determine if either had a criminal record. Shuford said he had never been in trouble or arrested," Cropper said. "After entering the names into the system, officers learned that Shuford did have prior arrests, including possession of schedule two narcotics."
Cropper said officers were led to believe the situation was more than a traffic stop by the reaction of the suspect while being questioned.
"He was breathing heavily and visibly shaking while our officer was talking with him," Cropper said.
During their search of the vehicle, officers found a bottle containing 12 small, clear Ziploc bags filled with methamphetamine.