NOPD, DEA seize high-grade marijuana

NOPD, DEA seize high-grade marijuana

POSTED: Friday, February 24, 2012 - 11:00am

UPDATED: Friday, February 24, 2012 - 11:04am

Authorities said they arrested three men in Gentilly on Wednesday after finding at least $180,000 worth of high-grade marijuana in one of their homes.

Drug Enforcement Agency investigators and New Orleans Police Department 5th District Narcotics officers said Tyler Self, 20, Frank Bruno Jr., 20, and Vincent Hirstius, 20, were waiting for a FedEx package at Self's home in the 2600 block of Myrtle Street.

After Self signed the package, authorities said investigators seized it and found that it contained five pounds of hydro-marijuana.

Detectives obtained a warrant and searched the home, where they said they found 2,200 grams of premium grade marijuana that has a street value of about $180,000, as well as a Colt .45 caliber handgun and several contraband paraphernalia.

"These detectives worked diligently to make sure they put these drug dealers out of business. The results are startling," said NOPD Supt. Ronal Serpas. "These arrests are a great example of what a powerful, combined effort by NOPD detectives and DEA agents can do. Residents in this Gentilly neighborhood are safer because these former suspects' customers won't be coming around."

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