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Traffic stop leads to drug arrest

by Minden Press-Herald



A Shreveport man was arrested in Minden after police found suspected drugs inside his vehicle during a traffic stop.

Jamarea Duane Allen, 20, of the 1500 block of Coty Street, was arrested Saturday, Sept. 12, and charged with possession of Schedule I CDS (marijuana), illegal carrying of weapons in the presence of a controlled dangerous substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was cited for improper lane usage and no insurance. Bond was set at $7,450.

Minden police chief Steve Cropper says officers initiated a traffic stop on Allen on Chandler Street at Lewisville Road.

“Apparently, Mr. Allen made a wide turn and crossed over the double yellow line in a no passing lane,” he said. “Sgt. Chris McClaran made a traffic stop and made contact with him. Mr. Allen appeared to be very nervous, stuttered his words, and at that point, since he was so nervous, Sgt. McClaran asked for permission to search.”

Consent was given to search his vehicle, the chief says, and the search revealed one cigarillo containing suspected marijuana, a .380 handgun, both beneath the driver’s seat, and one package containing two cigarillos containing suspected marijuana in the center console of the passenger compartment.

“Mr. Allen was placed under arrest and a search of his person revealed one small, clear plastic bag containing suspected marijuana inside his right sock,” Cropper said. “Mr. Allen was advised of his rights and booked at the Minden Police Department.”

Assisting were Sgt. Ryan Barnette and Officer Jamie Franklin.

He was transported to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center on the above charges.

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