Things got a little physical for a trio of Minden police officers during a traffic stop last week and a local man now faces drug charges as a result of the confrontation.
Chief of police Steve Cropper said a vehicle was pulled over on Talton Street shortly after 5 p.m. a week ago for driver obstruction. The driver reportedly consented to a search by officers Clint Smith, Shawn Jenkins and Jesse Cutrer.
"A passenger in the vehicle was asked to step out so officers could conduct the search, but he refused to comply," Cropper said. "He was removed from the vehicle where he continued to resist."
Cropper said the passenger, 38-year-old Laron Lewis of the 800 block of Harris Street, was taken into custody after a brief scuffle and searched.
"The officers found four small bags of marijuana on the suspect, two bags in his left shoe and two in his right shoe," Cropper said. "They also found two, off-white rocks suspected to be crack cocaine in his pants pocket."
Lewis reportedly was taken to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center where he was booked for possession of CDS Sch. I (marijuana), possession of CDS Sch. II (crack cocaine), possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest, Cropper said.