Illegal drugs worth over $25,000 recovered from suspect's vehicle
POSTED: Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 11:00am
UPDATED: Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 11:04am
WASHINGTON PARISH, LA — On Oct. 28, Troopers and Narcotics Investigators from Louisiana State Police arrested Bernard Forrest, 32, of Angie, La. following a ten month investigation into the importation, possession, and distribution of cocaine throughout the Washington Parish area.
During the course of the investigation, detectives identified Forrest as a major component in the importation of narcotics into the Bogalusa area and uncovered a criminal plot for the trafficking of cocaine and marijuana into Washington Parish. Troopers from LSP Troop L located Forrest traveling east on Interstate 12 in a 2012 Chevrolet Traverse and conducted a traffic stop after observing a traffic violation on the vehicle. Upon receiving consent to search the vehicle, Troopers discovered approximately 1 pound of "High Grade" marijuana, 1 pound of cocaine, 385 grams of synthetic marijuana, and over $700 in cash concealed within the spare tire.
Forrest was subsequently taken into custody without incident and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on charges of Improper Lane Use, Following Too Closely, 2 counts of Possession with the Intent to Distribute a Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substance, and 1 count of Possession with the Intent to Distribute a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance.
The estimated combined street value of the narcotics is over $25,000.
The arrest was the result of a multi-agency investigation including the Louisiana State Police Narcotics Unit, Drug Enforcement Administration, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office, and the Bogalusa Police Department.