HAMMOND, LA — In the wake of last week’s trip to the Texas/Mexico border for a security briefing and tour by the Texas Department of Public Safety, Louisiana State Police Superintendent Colonel Mike Edmonson is pleased to announce the discovery of approximately 300 lbs. of suspected marijuana during a proactive interstate traffic stop in Tangipahoa Parish.
During last week’s tour, the Louisiana public safety delegation, consisting of Governor Bobby Jindal, Speaker of the House Chuck Kleckley of the Louisiana State House of Representatives, Colonel Edmonson, and additional senior LSP representatives, met with law enforcement partners from the Texas DPS to discuss border security issues that affect the citizens of Louisiana including illegal drugs, illegal weapons, and undocumented immigrants.
The significant discovery of the contraband took place shortly after 9:00 am on August 10, 2014, following a traffic stop on Interstate 12 near its junction with Interstate 55.
Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L on routine patrol observed a 2015 Mazda CX-5 commit a traffic violation while traveling east on the interstate.
Upon speaking with the driver, 26 year old Carlos Davis of Greenwood, MS, Troopers became suspicious of Davis’ behavior and subsequently requested a Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office K-9 to respond to the traffic stop after Davis refused consent to search the vehicle.
Following a positive alert by the TPSO K-9, Troopers’ search revealed the presence of approximately 300 lbs. of marijuana in the back seat and rear cargo area of the vehicle.
Davis was consequently placed under arrest without incident and met with Louisiana State Police Detectives to further the investigation. In coordination with the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, a successful controlled delivery of the marijuana was conducted at a residence in Jackson, MS leading to additional arrests.
Davis was booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail and charged with Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute.
Investigators estimate the street value of the seized narcotics to be approximately $250,000.
“Partnerships with our neighboring law enforcement counterparts and proactive efforts by Troopers was exactly the focus of our recent border trip highlighting the security issues affecting Louisiana on a daily basis,” said Colonel Edmonson.
“The successful interception and seizure of the contraband undoubtedly prevented further criminal activity as it would have infiltrated communities both in Mississippi and Louisiana affecting our citizens.”