PORT ALLEN, LA (WAFB) - Louisiana State Police Troopers made two traffic stops Monday in West Baton Rouge Parish that resulted in the arrest of four Florida residents and the seizure of $500,000 of designer drug "Molly."
Just before 2 a.m., Troopers stopped 32-year-old Travis Williams of Palatka, FL on I-10 eastbound near Port Allen. During the traffic stop, Troopers became suspicious of Williams' behavior and called the Baton Rouge Police K-9 to assist. The K-9 was alerted to the presence of illegal narcotics in the vehicle.
Troopers searched the vehicle and found 19 pounds of a mixed powder substance commonly referred to as "Molly" hidden in a duffel bag in the trunk of the vehicle.
Around the same time, Troopers also stopped another vehicle on I-10 eastbound, west of Port Allen for a traffic violation. Troopers determined the occupants of the vehicle were working with Williams to transport the narcotics.
The occupants have been identified as 43-year-old Maurice J. Jackson of Jacksonville, FL; 53-year-old Cecil E. Saddler of Jacksonville, FL; and 30-year-old Wihelmina L. Foster of Palatka, FL.
Williams was arrested and booked into the West Baton Rouge Parish jail where he was charged with improper lane usage, possession with intent to distribute schedule I narcotics, and attempt and conspiracy to distribute schedule I narcotics.
Jackson, Saddler and Foster were arrested and booked into the West Baton Rouge Parish jail where they were charged with possession with intent to distribute schedule I narcotics and attempt and conspiracy to distribute schedule I narcotics. Jackson was also charged with improper display of plate.
The 19 pounds of "Molly" is equivalent to 20,000 doses of the drug.
Louisiana State Police say the group was headed to Florida. There is no word on where the narcotics originated from.