Traffic stops lead to drugs, wanted persons

A series of traffic stops led to the arrests of several Lincoln Parish residents last week for drug possession and outstanding warrants.

Last Wednesday morning, a deputy for the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office stopped a car on Cedar Creek Road for excessive window tint and improper lane usage. A records check indicated the driver, Denim J. Minnifield, 21, of Ruston, was wanted by the Union Parish Sheriff’s Office for theft of a firearm.

When Minnifield was arrested, the deputy smelled marijuana on him and warned him that if he carried narcotics into the detention center, he would face additional charges. Minnifield reportedly said he had nothing

At the detention center, a search was conducted, and a bag of marijuana was found in Minnifield’s pants. He was booked for possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, introduction of contraband into a penal facility, and the Union Parish warrant. Bail on the Lincoln Parish charges was fixed at $10,000.

On Thursday afternoon, another deputy stopped a SUV for failure to signal a turn on Mitcham Orchard Road. A passenger in the vehicle, Jennifer Woods Lowery, 41, of Ruston, was found to be wanted on a warrant for failure to appear in Ruston City court on a theft charge.

In a search of the SUV, a ziprasidone prescription bottle bearing Lowery’s name was found containing suspected methadone pills.

Lowery was booked for possession of a Schedule II controlled substance (methadone) and the Ruston warrant. Bail was set at $22,500.

On Friday night, a City of Grambling officer stopped a car on U.S. 80 for no license plate. When the officer approached the driver, the odor of burning marijuana was smelled coming from inside the vehicle.

A search recovered a bag of about 28 grams of suspected marijuana in a book bag. A passenger, Stephan J. Robinson, 32, claimed the bag as his and said he forgot to take the marijuana out at home.

Robinson was booked for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. His bail amount was not available.

This information has been provided by a law enforcement agency as public information. Persons named or shown in photographs or video as suspects in a criminal investigation, or arrested and charged with a crime, have not been convicted of any criminal offense and are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.