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Traffic stop ends with meth distribution arrest

by Minden Press-Herald



A traffic stop for a minor violation led to the arrest of a man on drug charges.

Minden Police initiated a traffic stop about 1:15 p.m., Friday, on 25-year-old Cody D. Blagg, of the 700 block of Madison Street, when Officer First Class Russell Engi noted the expiration date on his inspection sticker was not visible.

Police Chief Steve Cropper says when Engi made contact with Blagg, he appeared to be nervous and shaking.

“He stated he was nervous and shaking because he thought he had a warrant for his arrest,” Cropper said. “Engi checked to see if he had a warrant, and he did not.”

The officer noted Blagg’s pupils appeared to be constricted, consistent with stimulant narcotic use, the chief said.

Blagg was asked if he had anything illegal on his person or inside his vehicle, and at first he denied it, according to the report.

Blagg was then asked to empty the contents of his pockets and place the items on the hood of his patrol unit. He paused, and the officer again asked if he had anything illegal on his person. According to the report, he then stated he did.

He was then detained and upon a search of his person, Engi reportedly discovered suspected methamphetamine in his right front pants pocket along with one vial of suspected methamphetamine and one baggie also containing suspected methamphetamine. According to the police report, Blagg also had a glass smoking pipe believed to contain methamphetamine residue inside.

A further search of his vehicle revealed four plastic baggies commonly used to package narcotics between the driver’s seat and the console.

Blagg was charged with possession of schedule II controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The suspected narcotics field-tested positive for methamphetamine, the chief says, and weighed three grams.

A probation and parole hold was also placed on him.

He was then transported to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.

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