CAT Team recovers over 40 pounds of marijuana in drug bust - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

CAT Team recovers over 40 pounds of marijuana in drug bust

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Curtis G. White. (Source: Calcasieu Correctional Center) Curtis G. White. (Source: Calcasieu Correctional Center)
Deangelo C. Wright. (Source: Calcasieu Correctional Center) Deangelo C. Wright. (Source: Calcasieu Correctional Center)
K9 "Tonja" with the recovered marijuana. (Source: CAT Team) K9 "Tonja" with the recovered marijuana. (Source: CAT Team)
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SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA (KPLC) -

The Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (CAT Team) recovered over 40 pounds of marijuana, following a traffic stop made by Detective Sgts. Stuart Henderson and Jason O'Rouke on Interstate 10 between Vinton and Sulphur on Tuesday.

During the traffic stop, 22-year-old driver Deangelo C. Wright and 44-year-old passenger Curtis G. White, both of South Carolina, began to act suspiciously.

Sgt. Henderson with the CAT Team allowed K-9 "Tonja," a trained and certified drug detection canine, to sniff around the car.

"After Tonja provided a positive response to the odor of controlled substance, detectives began a subsequent search of the car when Wright fled on foot into a nearby wooded area," said Spokeswoman Kim Myers with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office. "Detectives conducted an extensive search of the area but were unable to locate Wright immediately."

Detectives located over 40 pounds of marijuana in trash bags in the trunk of the car.

White was arrested and transported to the CAT office for further investigation.

"Wright (later) contacted 911 advising he was lost in the woods along I-10 and needed help.  CPSO deputies responded and apprehended Wright without further incident," said Myers.

Both Wright and White were booked into the Caclasieu Correctional Center and charged with possession of CDS I (marijuana) with intent to distribute. Wright was also charged with resisting an officer by flight.

Bonds are pending in the case.

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