Cocaine charge sends Minden man to jail

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A Minden man was arrested after a search of his home by Probation and Parole agents yielded alleged drugs in his home.

James “Big Burt” Birden III, 29, of the 500 block of South Street, was arrested Thursday, June 11, and charged with possession of Schedule II CDS (cocaine), possession of Schedule I CDS (marijuana) fourth offense, possession of drug paraphernalia and a parole hold was placed on him.

Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper says Captain Dan Weaver and Captain Marvin Garrett assisted parole agents in the search of Birden’s home. The two made contact with Birden at the front door, according to reports.

“After gaining entrance into the residence, agents immediately located (what appeared to be) loose marijuana in the toilet,” he said. “He apparently attempted to flush some of it. Birden was advised of his rights at that point in time.”

Parole agents continued their search of the residence, and he says during that search, a set of scales containing suspected cocaine residue was found underneath the refrigerator. They also located a large sum of cash inside the pocket of a pair of shorts, Cropper says.

Assisting were Officers Brandon Curry and Jamie Franklin.

Birden was transported to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center for booking.

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