Three arrested in Lake Charles for shipping ecstasy in the mail
POSTED: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - 12:00am
UPDATED: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - 12:04am
LAKE CHARLES, LA — On April 17, detectives with the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T. Team) were contacted in reference to a package being delivered to a business on Moeling Street in Lake Charles. The package, which was intercepted through the mail by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents, was found to contain approximately 505 grams of MDMA (ecstasy) powder.
During further investigation, C.A.T. detectives discovered Andrew D. Cao, 26, Matthew Petrou, 33, both of Houston, Texas, and Dennis P. Truong, 20, Sugarland, Texas, were scheduled to arrive at the business to purchase the package of ecstasy powder.
While conducting surveillance, undercover detectives observed three individuals later identified as Cao, Petrou, and Truong, inside a car entering the parking lot of the business.
Detectives made contact with Cao, Petrou, and Truong and arrested them without incident. During a search for officer safety, detectives located over 15 grams of marijuana, 2 grams of powder cocaine, and a 40 caliber handgun inside the car.
All were booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with conspiracy to possess methylamphetamine (MDMA) with intent to distribute; possession of CDS II (cocaine); possession of CDS I (marijuana) with intent to distribute; and possession of drug paraphernalia. Petrou was also charged with possession of a firearm in presence of illegal narcotics.
Judge Ron Ware set bonds for Cao and Truong at $118,000 each; and set Petrou’s bond at $148,000.