LSP: $200K of cocaine found, 4 arrested in traffic stops on I-12 - WAFB 9 News Baton Rouge, Louisiana News, Weather, Sports

LSP: $200K of cocaine found, 4 arrested in traffic stops on I-12 near Hammond

Drugs from both traffic stops (Source: LSP) Drugs from both traffic stops (Source: LSP)
Lester Sleby (Source: LSP) Lester Sleby (Source: LSP)
Lydia Charles (Source: LSP) Lydia Charles (Source: LSP)
Samantha Lyons (Source: LSP) Samantha Lyons (Source: LSP)
Stephen Pearce (Source: LSP) Stephen Pearce (Source: LSP)
HAMMOND, LA (WAFB) -

Louisiana State Police say they pulled more than $200,000 of cocaine off I-12 in Tangipahoa Parish.

Troopers say they found the drugs during two different traffic stops near Hammond which led to the arrest of four people.

Two people from Charlotte, North Carolina are accused of hauling more than 11 pounds of cocaine.

The first stop happened just after 11 p.m. Sunday when a 2015 Ford Escape was pulled over by troopers for a traffic violation. Troopers searched the vehicle to find about 5.2 kilograms of cocaine hidden inside. 

The driver, 33-year-old Lester Sleby, and passenger, 46-year-old Lydia Charles were arrested and booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail for possession over 400 grams of cocaine. 

Troopers say 26-year-old Samantha Lyons, of Dauphine, Alabama, and 34-year-old Stephen Pearce, of Pensacola, Florida, had nearly two pounds of cocaine.

They were stopped after 4 a.m. Monday in a 2010 Ford Focus for a traffic violation. While searching the vehicle, troopers found 1.8 pounds of cocaine hidden inside. 

The driver, Lyons, and passenger, Pearce, were also arrested and booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail for possession over 400 grams of cocaine.

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