The following is a news release from the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office:
LAKE CHARLES, LA – At approximately 1:40 a.m. on August 3, a detective with the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T.) conducted a traffic stop on a car traveling east on Interstate 10 near Vinton.
After the driver Moeconi Crutchfield, 29, of Washington, D.C., and his passenger, Jontee D. Hamilton, 28, of District Heights, MD, gave conflicting stories to the detective, he asked for permission from Crutchfield to search the car and he refused. A CPSO K-9 alerted to the odor of narcotics coming from the car.
After searching the car, the detective located six bundles of marijuana in the trunk. The bundles of marijuana had a total weight of 25 pounds and have a street value of approximately $24,000.
Crutchfield and Hamilton were both arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
Judge Clayton Davis set their bonds at $75,000 each.