Agents seize nearly $7,500 in narcotics during traffic stops
POSTED: Monday, April 2, 2012 - 4:00am
UPDATED: Monday, April 2, 2012 - 4:04am
LAFOURCHE PARISH, LA — Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre reported agents with the Lafourche Parish Drug Task Force (LPDTF) seized $4,485.00 (street value) of illegal narcotics and $2,837.00 in cash after separate traffic stops on Thursday, March 29 in the afternoon and early Friday, March 30 in the morning.
Three men face drug charges following the two stops, and a woman was also arrested after interfering with agents at the scene of one of the stops.
On Thursday afternoon LPDTF agents were searching the Raceland area based on intel that Authur Guidroz of Raceland was driving to Raceland with a passenger, Justin Davis of Raceland, with a quantity of narcotics in their possession. Agents also knew that Guidroz did not have a valid driver's license.
While traveling along LA Highway 182, agents spotted the vehicle with Guidroz driving and Davis in the passenger seat. Agents attempted to initiate a traffic stop on Guidroz's vehicle at the intersection of LA Highway 308 and Bowie Road in Raceland, but Guidroz did not stop. He continued traveling northbound on Highway 308 until making a right turn onto Brocato Lane, and he then pulled into a driveway of a residence in the 100 block.
Agents quickly made contact with the subjects and detained them without incident. Guidroz denied the existence of any illegal items in the vehicle.
A K-9 Officer arrived on scene and alerted to the presence of the odor of illegal narcotics inside the vehicle. During a subsequent search of the vehicle, agents recovered approximately one pound of suspected marijuana around the passenger seat as well as a digital weight scale. While searching Guidroz's person, agents found $681.00 in cash and approximately 50 suspected MDMA (Ecstasy) pills.
While the K-9 Officer was searching the vehicle, Guidroz's girlfriend, Jawanda Miller of Raceland, arrived on scene and began shouting at agents and using foul language. Agents asked her to refrain from using such language, to calm down, and to leave the scene several times before she finally complied. Miller then returned to the scene moments later and began to cause a disturbance.
Agents then arrested Miller for interfering with officers.
All three were transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux.
Guidroz was booked with Possession with the Intent to Distribute MDMA, Resisting an Officer and No Driver's License, and he was released Thursday afternoon after posting $10,150.00 bond as had been set by Judge F. Hugh Larose.
Davis was booked with Possession with the Intent to Distribute Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and he was also released Thursday afternoon after posting $25,250.00 bond as also set by Judge Larose.
Miller, meanwhile, was booked with Interfering with a Law Enforcement Officer and was released Thursday after posting $1,000.00 bond as also set by Judge Larose.
Then shortly after 12:00 a.m. on Friday a narcotics agent passed a car traveling on LA Highway 316 in Bayou Blue with the headlights turned off. The agent turned around and caught up to the vehicle, and by that time, the headlights had been switched on. The driver of the vehicle then began weaving and crossed both the center line and the fog line.
The agent initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and made contact with the driver and identified him as Harold Twiggs, III of Houma. During questioning, Twiggs became increasingly nervous, and the agent asked him twice to place his hands on the car. Twiggs did not comply and instead reached for his waistband to his left side. The agent grabbed Twiggs' hand preventing him from reaching his waistband and then noticed a large bulge in the waistband. Twiggs began to resist and after a brief struggle, the agent secured Twiggs by taking him to the ground, securing his hands behind his back.
At this time, additional agents arrived for assistance. Agents then found the bulge in the waistband to be a large plastic bag of suspected cocaine. They also found another large plastic bag containing several pills including 20 suspected hydrocodone and 12 suspected Soma. Agents also found $2,156.00 in cash on Twiggs' person.
A Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office K-9 unit arrived at the scene to assist and during an exterior search of Twiggs' vehicle, the K-9 alerted to the presence of the odor of illegal narcotics inside the vehicle. Agents then searched the vehicle and located another assortment of pills including 48 suspected Diazepam pills and approximately 10 other assorted pills. The street value of the drugs seized is $1,465.00.
Additionally, agents found a digital weight scale and several different types of baggies commonly used for the packaging of illegal narcotics.
Twiggs was arrested and charged with three counts of Possession with Intent to Distribute a Legend Drug, Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine, Possession with Intent to Distribute Diazepam, Possession with Intent to Distribute Soma, Possession with Intent to Distribute Hydrocodone, Resisting an Officer with Force, and Improper Lane Usage. He was transported and booked into the Lafourche Parish Detention Center and was subsequently released after posting $85,050.00 bond as had been set by Judge Larose.