CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) - Three Texas men are facing drug charges after an investigation involving the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T. Team) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents, according to a news release from the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office.
Authorities said on April 17, C.A.T. Team detectives were contacted in reference to a package being delivered to a business on Moeling Street in Lake Charles.
The package, which was intercepted through the mail by ICE agents, was reportedly found to contain approximately 505 grams of MDMA (ecstasy) powder.
"During further investigation, C.A.T. detectives discovered Andrew D. Cao, 26, Matthew Petrou, 33, both of Houston, Texas, and Dennis P. Truong, 20, of Sugarland, Texas, were scheduled to arrive at the business to purchase the package of ecstasy powder," the release states.
Authorities said while conducting surveillance, undercover detectives observed three individuals later identified as Cao, Petrou and Truong inside a car entering the parking lot of the business.
Authorities said detectives made contact with Cao, Petrou and Truong and arrested them without incident.
"During a search for officer safety, detectives located over 15 grams of marijuana, two grams of powder cocaine and a .40 caliber handgun inside the car," the release states.
All were booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with conspiracy to possess methylamphetamine (MDMA) with intent to distribute, possession of CDS II (cocaine), possession of CDS I (marijuana) with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia. Petrou was also charged with possession of a firearm in presence of illegal narcotics.
Judge Ron Ware set bonds for Cao and Truong at $118,000 each; and set Petrou's bond at $148,000.