Drug charges land one in jail

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A Minden man was arrested on drug charges after police discovered suspected methamphetamine in his pocket.

Kegan Sears, 18, of the 100 block of Couchwood, was arrested Sunday, March 13, for possession of a Schedule II CDS and a bench warrant for failure to appear in court.

Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper says during a traffic stop at the intersection of Fort and Sheppard Streets, Sears was asked to exit the vehicle in which he was a passenger. Officer Russell Engi was conducting an investigation during the traffic stop, and Sears was asked to exit for officers’ safety, he said. Engi asked Sears if he had anything on his person that could be considered a weapon and he refused to answer at first, according to the police report.

“He asked again, and he said, ‘No,’” he said. “He did a pat down for officers’ safety, and Sears put his hand in his front pants pocket. Engi removed his hand from his pocket, and he tried a second time to put his hand in his front pants pocket.”

Engi reportedly physically removed Sears’ hand from the pants pocket and placed it onto the vehicle.

“Sears then stated he had an empty cigarette box in his pocket and did not know if anything was inside the box,” he said.

The box was retrieved from Sears’ pocket, and protruding from the top of the box, Engi saw a clear plastic baggie containing a crystal-like substance, according to the police report.

Cropper says Sears was placed under arrest at that time.

“At that time, he apparently started crying saying the meth was not his,” Cropper said.
Sears was transported to police headquarters for booking and later transferred to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.

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