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Minden traffic stop leads to arrest of convicted felon

by Minden Press-Herald

On June 28, at approximately 11:24 AM, a Minden police officer initiated a traffic stop on a white Chevrolet Tahoe for loud music at the intersection of Weston Street and Shreveport Road. The driver, Damahjae Harris, pulled into the Circle K parking lot on the 1400 block of Shreveport Road.

Upon approaching the vehicle, the officer identified Harris and noted the presence of Kavion Hill, 23, a backseat passenger known to be a convicted felon and former gang member of TTS. Hill was wanted on a warrant for Principle Aggravated Burglary. Three other juveniles were also in the vehicle, one in the front and two in the back seat.

Harris provided his driver’s license via a photo on his phone but was unable to produce proof of insurance. As Harris searched for the insurance information, the officer returned to the patrol unit to check for active warrants on all passengers. Harris was later frisked, and a tobacco vape product was found on him, which he was not permitted to possess due to being under 21.

Due to Hill’s criminal history and the presence of minors, the officer requested consent to search the vehicle, which Harris denied. While waiting for the insurance verification and warrant check, the officer had all passengers exit the vehicle and called for K-9 Tigo to sniff the vehicle. The K-9 alerted on the rear passenger side and the front driver’s seat.

Harris was read his Miranda rights, and a search of the vehicle ensued. The search yielded a marijuana cigarette in the front ashtray, another on the rear passenger floorboard, and a green Glock Model 19, 9mm handgun with a laser and extended magazine in the rear hatch. The firearm was within reach of all three rear passengers.

The two juvenile rear passengers and Hill were detained and transported to Minden Police Department (MPD) for interviews. Harris was cited for loud music and possession of natural marijuana cigarettes. Before leaving the scene, Harris’s aunt arrived and asked about the firearm, to which Harris, in an excited utterance, attributed ownership to “KD,” a nickname for Kavion Hill.

Despite Hill’s denial of ownership, the combination of the firearm’s location, Hill’s criminal history, and Harris’s on-scene statement led to Hill being charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The juvenile interviews provided no further useful information.

Hill remains in custody at MPD awaiting further proceedings. Harris and the juveniles were released after the incident.

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