POSTED: Monday, May 14, 2012 - 12:30pm
UPDATED: Monday, May 14, 2012 - 12:34pm
LAKE CHARLES, LA — On Thursday, May 10, at approximately 5:30 p.m., Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T. Team) Detective Sgt. Jeff Cole conducted a stop on a car for a traffic violation near mile marker 20 eastbound on I-10.
When Sgt. Cole spoke with the driver, Deanna R. Bruder, 26, of Canton, Ohio, she began to act suspiciously.
Sgt. Cole received permission from Bruder to search the car, and allowed his K-9 “Basco” to conduct a free air sniff of the air around the car. After Basco alerted to the odor of narcotics coming from the car, Sgt. Cole conducted a search and located 2 large duffle bags in the trunk of the car, containing 135 pounds of marijuana, with an estimated street value of $250,000. The marijuana was wrapped in layers of trash bags, fabric softener sheets, and cellophane wrap.
Bruder was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana.