Couple tries to blame stolen property found in car on their 7-year-old son

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JENNINGS, La. (KLFY)- An early morning argument in the parking lot of the Walmart in Jennings led to the arrest of a husband on wife after deputies found drugs and stolen property in their vehicle.

Deputies were called to investigate a report that Stephen Howard, 37, a fugitive wanted in Calcasieu Parish, was in his vehicle in the parking lot at about 3 a.m. Thursday morning.

Howard told authorities that he was arguing with his wife.  Howard gave a false name to deputies, but he was later identified by a Jennings Police officer who arrived to back up units. 

Howard denied deputies access to search the vehicle.

A drug-sniffing K-9  was brought to the scene and alerted deputies of drugs.

A small bag under the passenger seat that contained methamphetamine, two syringes, a spoon and a light brown substance believed to be heroin.

  Deputies also found a black case containing burglary tools. 

Both Howard and his wife Crystal Howard , 27, denied ownership of the drugs, and claimed the burglary tools belonged to their 7-year-old son. 

Both suspected were booked in for possession of CDS I & II, LSA 14:1023 possession of drug paraphernalia and  possession of burglary tools.

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