On October 23, 2018, a Directed Patrol Unit was traveling north on Old Jefferson Road in Stonewall, LA when he observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed. While turning onto Highway 171 the vehicle also failed to use a turn signal at which time the deputy initiated a traffic stop. Upon speaking to the driver, identified as Jeffrey Scott Holder (W/M - DOB: 10/09/1967) of Stonewall, LA, the deputy smelled a strong odor of suspected alcohol inside of the vehicle. Holder explained that he did not have his drivers license and had recently registered the vehicle. The deputy asked about the smell of alcohol and Holder claimed to have consumed alcohol earlier in the evening. Holder was then asked to exit the vehicle and was patted down for officer safety. During the stop, the deputy found that Holder's license had been suspended due to a prior DWI violation. The deputy observed Holder appearing to sweat under cool weather conditions. Holder stated to the deputy that there was nothing illegal inside the vehicle but refused consent to conduct a search. At this time, the deputy requested the K-9 unit to assist. Upon arrival, K-9 Borris alerted deputies on the passenger door of the vehicle and a vehicle search followed.
Located in the vehicle was a case containing several pills suspected to be Trazodone, Cyclobenzaprine, Buprenorphine, Cyclobezaprine, and Promethazine. When Holder was questioned, he stated that he did not have a prescription for the pills. Holder was then explained his Miranda Rights and placed under arrest. Deputies were also able to locate a suspected methamphetamine pipe along with a syringe. Holder was asked about the syringe at which time he admitted to using methamphetamine but claimed there was none in the vehicle. A continued search of the vehicle revealed an open beer can, a bag containing 13 empty baggies, and a case containing a scale with suspected methamphetamine residue. A further search revealed clear plastic baggies containing suspected methamphetamine residue, one bag containing around 5 ounces of suspected methamphetamine individually bagged, and a zip lock bag containing suspected methamphetamine. Deputies questioned Holder about the evidence they had located and he stated it was all for personal use. Holder had $400 in cash on his person that was seized after he admitted to deputies that he sells methamphetamine daily. A wrecker was called to tow the vehicle pending possible seizure. Holder was transported to the DeSoto Parish Detention Center and booked on the following charges:
Failure to Use a Turn Signal
Driving Under Suspension
Possession of Schedule II with Intent to Distribute (Methamphetamine)
Possession of a Legend Drug (4 counts)
Possession of Schedule III
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia