BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A traffic stop on I-12 in Baton Rouge resulted in four Florida residents being arrested for trying to transport a large amount of narcotics from San Antonio, TX back to Florida.
According to the probable cause report from Baton Rouge Police, 20-year-old Shelby Collazo and 21-year-old Lamechia Richburgh were pulled over for a traffic violation. The investigation revealed Collazo was driving a rental car.
The officer noticed both Collazo and Richburgh were both very nervous, and the story Collazo told the officer about their trip did not match the itinerary from the rental car paperwork.
The report says Collazo gave the officer permission to search the vehicle. He saw in plain view one plastic bag containing a large amount of cocaine and one "brick" shaped object, wrapped in black tape, consistent with the packaging and size of a kilo amount of narcotics in an empty Sprite 12-pack box, which was open.
The officer allowed K9 officer Rukus to investigate and he found another bag of cocaine inside the Sprite box, two half-pints of promethazine with codeine, three more bricks of cocaine, weighing approximately 3.3 kilos.
Collazo admitted she was transporting the narcotics for a man named Jackie, whose real name is Arthur Armstrong, and he was following her in a gold Dodge Caravan.
The officer realized the Dodge Caravan had been stopped approximately one mile down the road with both Armstrong and Kareem McKinnon. McKinnon was driving the van. Both had been placed under arrest after officers found a minimal amount of marijuana on them.
Collazo told officers Armstrong had arranged the trip a week prior and told her to rent a car and follow him to Houston, TX. She told officers he did not tell her why, but told her "hard work pays off." Collazo told officers she left Florida Saturday evening and arrived in Houston on Sunday morning.
Reports say before returning to Florida, Armstrong met with her and placed the Sprite box and the luggage bag on her back seat. They left Houston in route back to Florida.
Collazo, 20, was arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession with intent to distribute promethazine with codeine. She is being held in the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on a $100,000 bond.
Richburgh, 21, was arrested and charged with possession of schedule II, schedule IV, and schedule V drugs. She is being held in the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on a $101,000 bond.
McKinnon, 23, was arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession with intent to distribute promethazine with codeine. He was released from the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on a $100,000 bond.
Armstrong, 33, was arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession with intent to distribute promethazine with codeine. He was released from the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on a $150,000 bond.