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Dispute leads to drug arrest

by Minden Press-Herald



An apparent argument between two women led to the discovery by Minden police of alleged illegal narcotics inside the residence.

Chrystal Daun Thomas, 36, of the 100 block of Emerald Drive, was arrested for possession of Schedule I CDS (marijuana), possession of Schedule II CDS (methamphetamine) and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond was set at $6,700.

Justice Leann Butler, 19, of the 100 block of Carr Road in Dubberly, was arrested for possession of Schedule II CDS (methamphetamine). Bond was set at $5,000.

Officers First Class Clint Smith and Shawn Jenkins and Officer Brandon Curry responded to the 100 block of Emerald Drive in reference to a disturbance between two females. Upon arrival, police chief Steve Cropper says the strong odor of suspected marijuana was coming from inside the residence.

“When the tenant opened the door, the odor was overwhelming,” he said. “Officers were given consent to search the apartment. During the search, officers found suspected marijuana and methamphetamine in the apartment.”
He says while searching, officers discovered a partially smoked, hand-rolled cigar containing what they believed to be marijuana in a red and white zip cloth bag, apparently located between the couch cushions where Butler was sitting.

“Butler was placed under arrest, advised of her rights,” he said. “At that point in time, Officer Jamie Franklin did a search of Ms. Butler’s person. During the search, she found a small Ziploc bag containing methamphetamine underneath Ms. Butler’s undergarments.”

Butler was then transported to the Minden Police Department where she was booked and then transported to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.

All of the suspected illegal narcotics, with the exception of the hand-rolled cigar containing suspected marijuana, were found either in or on Thomas’ belongings, according to the police report. Cropper says Thomas’ identification card was located with some of the alleged narcotics.

“She was also booked at the Minden Police Department and transported to BDCC,” Cropper said.

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