High speed chase eventually leads State Police to home of drug distribution operation
POSTED: Monday, February 20, 2012 - 12:15pm
UPDATED: Monday, February 20, 2012 - 12:19pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — A traffic stop turned into a high speed chase in Gonzales on February 12, 2012. The suspect managed to get away, but was caught three days later and was discovered with a large amount of drugs and over $134,000 in cash.
State Police Officers in Troop A attempted to pull over Ashley Smith, 34, of Gonzales for a routine traffic violation. Instead, Smith ran from the Trooper and a chase ensued. The chase ended on La 621 after Smith crashed the vehicle in a ditch, and managed to run from the scene on foot.
Troopers found Smith at his home three days later on Feb. 15, 2012. When the door to the home was opened, Troopers smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside. That’s when Narcotics Officers took over the case.
A search of the home yielded a bullet proof vest, 665 grams of Cocaine, 46 grams of Marijuana, two pints of Codeine, a currency counter, and $134,315 in cash.
Smith was arrested and booked into the Ascension Parish Prison on charges of Aggravated Flight from an Officer, Possession with Intent to Distribute Narcotic Drugs, Reckless Operation of a Vehicle, Following too Closely, Speeding, and several additional traffic charges stemming from the pursuit.