A Minden city police officer turned his curiosity over a vehicle license plate into an arrest on an illegal narcotics charge Thursday, chief of police Steve Cropper said.
Steven Edward Wood, 25, of the 3700 block of Cristy Lane in Haughton, reportedly was driving an SUV which sported tags belonging to a different type of vehicle, Cropper said.
"Our officer noticed the license number on the SUV was one which should have been on a pickup, and he initiated a traffic stop," Cropper said. "When he ran the license, it was registered to a red pickup, not the silver vehicle which Wood was driving."
Officers received verbal consent to search the passenger compartment of the vehicle and reportedly discovered incriminating evidence.
"During the search, we found approximately one and one-fourth grams of methamphetamine and a glass pipe used for smoking meth," the chief said. "In the driver's side door of the vehicle, we also found a .40 caliber Glock handgun."
Cropper said Wood told officers during questioning that he had been arrested recently in Bossier Parish for distribution of methamphetamine.
Wood has been charged with possession of CDS Sch. II (methamphetamine), possession of drug paraphernalia, illegal carrying of weapons and switched tags. He reportedly is being held in Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center. Bond has not been set, Cropper said.