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.