Methamphetamine, marijuana found during west Paris traffic stop

Police-Car sliderA traffic stop late Saturday by Paris police officers in the 3900 block of Bonham Street resulted in the arrest of two individuals on drug charges, police department spokesman Curtis Garrett said.

Mitzi Elaine Edwards Black, 35, of 531 NE 10th St. was found to be in possession of a small amount of methamphetamine, and Bruce Jay Larkin, 32, of 216 College St., Roxton, was found to be in possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana, officials said.

Both were taken to the Lamar County Jail, where bond was set at $5,000 for Black and $500 for Larkin.

By Charles Richards, eParisExtra

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Charles Richards Charles Richards moved to Paris in 2004 after retiring from a 40-year career in journalism – the last 26 years as a news writer and sports writer with The Associated Press in Dallas and Washington, D.C. In mid-2004, The Paris News coaxed him out of retirement, and he began covering the police, court and regional beat for The Paris News. Then in early 2005, he was switched to coverage of a sharply divided Paris City Council. He was appointed by the City Council in 2006 to the 12-member City Charter Review Commission, which extensively rewrote the outmoded document. His writing awards include two first-place awards in statewide competition for feature writing. The most recent was his 2005 story on a Paris doctor’s startling use of leeches in a successful attempt to re-attach a man’s severed ear. Over his career, Richards’ interview subjects include Alabama Gov. George Wallace, President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush, David Koresh, Arnold Palmer, Muhammad Ali and numerous other political and sports figures. He is an alumnus of Texas Tech, where he was editor of the school newspaper. He lives in Paris with his wife, Barbara, who is retired after 30 years as a teacher and high school counselor.