POSTED: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 12:31pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 4:53pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — A cocaine bust has taken roughly $1.4 million worth of drugs off the street. It all stems from a four month investigation.
The Baton Rouge Police Department reports that the investigation began back in late January with a traffic stop by Patrol officers in the 3300 block of Florida Blvd. During the stop they discovered approximately 8 grams of powdered cocaine and over $18,000 in the vehicle. The driver, Brian Smith, was later arrested for Possession With Intent to Distribute Cocaine.
A few days later Smith and his brother Bobby Smith were arrested in the 2800 block of Scenic Highway and found to be in possession of 127.5 grams of powdered cocaine, approximately three ounces of liquid codeine and $15,478 in cash. Both were charged with Possession With Intent to Distribute Cocaine and Possession With Intent to Distribute Liquid Codeine.
In mid-February a vehicle registered to Bobby Smith was stopped on I-10. Approximately 12 kilograms (31 lbs.) of packaged powder cocaine was concealed inside the tailgate. The driver, Donald Francois, was arrested, charged with Possession With Intent to Distribute Cocaine.
The bundles were sent to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab and the fingerprints of Bobby Smith and Brian Smith were found on them. Both men were thereafter indicted by a federal grand jury on drug charges.
In April a search warrant was executed at 669 Louise, the Smiths’ residence. Brian Smith and Christopher Stevenson were found to be inside the home where approximately 228 grams of cocaine and $7,458 in cash were recovered. Both were arrested, charged with Possession With Intent to Distribute Cocaine.
Earlier this month, Beverly Smith and an acquaintance, Naeemah Emile, were contacted by police officers after they behaved suspiciously at a bank on Florida Blvd. Beverly Smith was found to be in possession of $28,009 in cash and approximately 94.6 grams of crack cocaine.
Emile’s home on Thomas Delpit road was searched and another $26,900 in cash was found.
Both women were arrested and charged with Possession With Intent to Distribute Cocaine.
Altogether this investigation has resulted in the seizure of approximately 14.5 kilograms (32 lbs.) of cocaine and $96,596 in cash, as well as the arrests of Brian Smith, 20; Bobby Smith, 23; Beverly Smith, 48; Naeemah Emile, 47; Christopher Stevenson, 27; and Donald Francois, 53.