Louisiana State Police say 4 different traffic stops along I-10 over the last several weeks netted over 1,000 pounds of drugs worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. Trooper Jared Sandifer says multiple arrests were also made and tons of marijuana, cocaine and thousands of Ecstasy pills were seized.
"On one of the stops the guy had over 580 pounds of marijuana in his vehicle," says Sandifer. "In another stop a guy had about 244pounds of marijuana, over a kilo of cocaine and 10,000 Ecstasy pills."
Sandifer says during a stop in West Baton Rouge Parish on February 26th, troopers obtained permission to search the vehicle and found about 11 pounds of cocaine, 2 handguns and $10,000 cash.
He says on March 21st in the same parish detectives stopped a man who had 11,000 Ecstasy pills and over 100 pounds of pot.
"That cocaine had about a $400,000 street value," says Sandifer. "And that MDMA (Ecstacy) was over $100,000."
Sandifer says a Texas man was pulled over on Sunday and over 244 pounds of marijuana was discovered in his Mercedes. He says Monday troopers in St. Martin Parish stopped a man on the interstate who had 586 pounds of marijuana in his SUV packed in bundles.
Sandifer says unfortunately I-10 is major drug corridor.
"A lot of it comes from Texas and goes out through other areas of the country," said Sandifer. "A lot of that has to come through Louisiana and we're going to be on the lookout for that."