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Interstate 12 traffic stop leads to large marijuana seizure

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Hammond, La. (KALB News Channel 5) LSP seize approximately 300 lbs. of suspected marijuana during traffic stop in Tangipahoa Parish.

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 said he is pleased to announce the discovery of approximately 300 lbs. of suspected marijuana during an 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 discovery of the contraband took place shortly after 9 a.m. Sunday morning following a traffic stop on Interstate 12 near its junction with Interstate 55.  

Troopers from LSP 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, Carlos Davis, 26, of Greenwood, MS, Troopers became suspicious of Davis’ behavior and 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 placed under arrest without incident and met with LSP 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,” Colonel Edmonson said. “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.”

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