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Traffic stop ends in drug arrest

by Minden Press-Herald

A traffic stop led to the arrest of a Minden man after police reportedly found marijuana in his vehicle.

Rodney MillerRodney Wayne Miller, 40, of the 300 block of Talton Street, was arrested Saturday, Jan. 16, for possession of Schedule I CDS, third offense. He was cited for improper lane usage.

Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper says Officer First Class Chris Hammontree stopped a vehicle near the intersection of Highways 531 and 80 after the driver, later identified as Miller, reportedly failed to use his turn signal.

“He crossed the double yellow line and did not come to a complete stop at a red light,” Cropper said. “Once Hammontree made the traffic stop, Miller appeared to be nervous and Hammontree noted a strong odor of cologne commonly used to cover up the odor of narcotics and alcohol. His eyes were red and bloodshot.”

The chief says Officer First Class Shawn Jenkins and Officer First Class Clint Smith arrived on scene to assist Hammontree.

Miller gave police consent to search his vehicle, according to reports, and Hammontree found what appeared to be a partially burnt marijuana cigarette on the floorboard of the vehicle. Miller reportedly admitted to possession of the suspected narcotic.

Police learned Miller has two prior charges for possession of marijuana and is on probation, Cropper said.

He was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters for booking and later transferred to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.

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