Drug dog helps make $60K I-10 cocaine bust

(Source: CPSO)
(Source: CPSO)

The following is a Press Release from the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office:

On April 20 at approximately 7:30 a.m., Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T. Team) Detective Sgt. Jeff Cole conducted a stop on a car for a traffic violation near mile marker 32 eastbound on I-10.

When Sgt. Cole spoke with the driver of the car, Joseph R. Mitchell, 34, of Houma, he began to act suspiciously.  After receiving consent from Mitchell, Sgt. Cole conducted a search of the car and recovered a vacuum sealed bag containing 1 kilogram of powder cocaine hidden in the driver's side dash board, with an estimated street value of over $60,000.

After being handcuffed and informed he was under arrest for possession of cocaine, Mitchell fled on foot west down the eastbound side of I-10.  After a brief foot pursuit, Sgt. Cole deployed his K-9 "Basco" and Mitchell quickly surrendered.

Mitchell was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with possession of cocaine over 400 grams; and simple escape.

Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $400,000.