A trailer hitch blocking the expiration date on a license plate prompted a Minden police officer to initiate a traffic stop that ultimately led to the arrest of a Minden man.
Edward Pauley, 41, was arrested Sunday, May 24, and charged with improper display, no driver’s license, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of Schedule II CDS (methamphetamine) with intent to distribute and three bench warrants for no driver’s license, expired license plates and loud mufflers.
Police Chief Steve Cropper says Officer First Class Kenneth James conducted a traffic stop on Interstate 20 westbound for improper display. When he made contact with Pauley, Pauley provided the proper paperwork with the exception of a driver’s license.
“A warrant check was run on Mr. Pauley and headquarters advised he had three outstanding warrants through us,” Cropper said. “He was initially arrested on those three bench warrants.”
During an inventory search of the vehicle, according to reports, a small plastic bag containing suspected methamphetamines was discovered in a blue and black CD case. Several needles were in the same case, Cropper says. A large Ziploc bag with suspected methamphetamine was found as well, he says.
“That’s when he was charged with the possession with intent and the possession of drug paraphernalia,” he said. “He was cited for the improper display and no driver’s license.”
Cropper says they discovered 21 grams of methamphetamine with an approximate street value of $2,100.
He was booked at the police station and transported to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.