A Tuesday evening traffic stop has three individuals in trouble with the law after illegal narcotics and a firearm were reportedly found in their vehicle.
Minden chief of police Steve Cropper said Officer Russell Engi stopped a vehicle at the intersection of Sullivan and Ash streets for a traffic violation just after 11 a.m. Tuesday.
"When he initiated his overhead lights, Officer Engi noticed a lot of movement from the passengers in the vehicle," Cropper said. "He noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle when he began questioning the occupants."
Further investigation revealed a .380 caliber handgun on the front, passenger side floorboard, Cropper said. The officer also found a glass jar containing four baggies of suspected marijuana, a scale for weighing narcotics and eight plastic baggies for packaging marijuana located in a bag located under the back seat, the chief said.
Cropper said Catorio Dirante Shelton, 32, who had a felony drug arrest on his record, is charged with felon in possession of a firearm, possession of CDS Sch. I with intent to distribute and prohibited acts.
Dejarius Johnson, 26, and 19-year-old Rebecca Colleen Foster, driver of the vehicle, are each charged with possession of a firearm in the presence of controlled, dangerous substances, possession of CDS Sch. I with intent to distribute and prohibited acts, Cropper said.