Screaming praises to God led to the arrest of a Minden man on drug charges.
Sammy Johns Williams II, 32, of the 700 block of Rebecca Street, was arrested Friday, March 11, for disturbing the peace and possession of a Schedule I CDS (synthetic marijuana) with intent to distribute.
Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper says Officer First Class Kenneth James was patrolling in the area of Roosevelt Street and when he turned on to Milton Drive, he heard a male voice screaming. He stopped his vehicle and heard the screaming again.
“He drove on to Milton Drive and saw a male on the side of the curb screaming,” Cropper said. “He approached him and the male continued to scream ‘praises to God.’”
James asked the male, later identified as Williams, to place his hands on the patrol unit so that he could be patted down for officers’ safety.
“Williams walked very slowly to his car and staggered a bit,” the chief said. “Once at the patrol unit, he asked Williams, identified as the man screaming, if he’d taken any illegal narcotics.”
Williams allegedly told James and Lt. Seth Young, who’d arrived on scene, that he’d smoked a blunt and was “messed up.” Cropper says at that point, Williams was arrested for disturbing the peace for screaming out in the street.
During a search of his person, officers located three unopened bags of suspected synthetic marijuana and one clear plastic baggie, also containing suspected synthetic marijuana.
Williams was then transported to police headquarters, and upon examination of the evidence, officers discovered the clear plastic baggie contained six individual baggies of suspected synthetic marijuana in one baggie.
In total, the evidence weighed about six grams and reportedly has a street value of about $250.
Williams was later transported to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.