Troopers net 300 lbs. of marijuana & 12 kilos of cocaine
PORT ALLEN, LA (WAFB) - Authorities said three people were arrested when they netted over 300 lbs. of marijuana and 12 kilos of cocaine during two separate traffic stops recently.
According to the Louisiana State Police, the estimated street value of the drugs is over $800,000.
Troopers said both stops were made on I-10 in West Baton Rouge Parish.
Christopher Streight, 50, of Hayesville, NC; Elsa Escobedo, 26, of San Antonio, TX; and Guadeloupe Iglesias, 36, of Mexico all face drug charges.
Investigators reported they pulled over a 1999 Oldsmobile Aurora on Nov. 12 being driven by Streight. They said he initially gave consent to search his car, but changed his mind and rescinded permission before the search was finished.
A police dog signaled officials to the back of the car. Troopers said they opened the trunk and found over a dozen bales of marijuana. When weighed, it turned out to be 333 lbs. The drugs are worth about $333,000 on the street.
Authorities then pulled over a Chevy Monte Carlo being driven by Escobedo on the morning of Nov. 18. State police said she gave consent to search the car and 12 kilos of cocaine with a street value of about $500,000 were found in two hidden compartments. Iglesias was a passenger in the car.
Streight was booked into the West Baton Rouge Parish Prison of charges of manufacturing/distributing marijuana, improper lane use and no seat belt. He faces 30 years in prison for the drug offenses.
Escobedo and Iglesias were booked on manufacturing/distributing cocaine charges. Escobedo also faces a charge of driving left of center. If convicted they both face up to 30 years.
Bond information was not released by authorities.
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