I-10 drug busts net 3,000+ pills, 120lbs. marijuana

by Brandon Richards

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Three routine traffic stops on Interstate 10 over the last week netted more than three thousand prescription pills and approximately 120lbs. of marijuana, according to the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (CAT).

The first traffic stop occurred on October 25th near mile marker 34. After getting permission to search the vehicle a CAT team officer arrested Sylvinnia Moore, 28, and Samantha Lewis, 21, both from Mobile, Alabama. Officers say they found 120lbs. of marijuana in the trunk of the car they were operating.

Officers say both women were on their way from Houston. Moore and Lewis were booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Facility. Both women's bonds are set at $80,000.

The second stop happened on October 28th near mile marker 33. After searching the vehicle, officers arrested Johnathan Kennerson, 23, of Houston, Texas, and Camiece Groves, 21, of Huffman, Texas. Officers say they found 2,016 Hydrocodone pills and 504 Xanax tablets.

Kennerson's bond has been set at $15,000. Groves' bond has been set at $18,000.

The third traffic stop that lead to a major drug bust happened on October 29th. Deputies arrested John LeGros, 30, of Roanoke. Officers say they found 600 Lorcet tablets and 46 Somas. Deputies say LeGros was on his way to Vinton at the time of his arrest.

LeGros' bond has been set at $15,000.

Monday afternoon, during a press conference, CAT Team members discussed the I-10 drug problem.

"The problem is we have major waterways that come into Calcasieu Parish and a major interstate," Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso said. " So we could get hit from both ways."

Calcasieu District Attorney John DeRosier said authorities have been battling drugs coming into Louisiana from Southeast Texas for quite some time.

"These..are the pills that have been killing our young people here in Calcasieu Parish," DeRosier said.

The investigations are all ongoing.

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