Drug traffickers arrested in Alexandria

Drug traffickers arrested in Alexandria
John Marshall. (Source: Louisiana State Police)
John Marshall. (Source: Louisiana State Police)

ALEXANDRIA, LA (KPLC) - The state police investigative bureau in Alexandria arrested two men Wednesday on charges of drug trafficking.

George Marshall, 37, of Gulf Shores, Ala. and John Marshall, 40, of Grass Valley, Calif., were arrested when troopers found large amounts of marijuana and hashish in John Marshall's private plane, said Scott Moreau, spokesman for Troop E.

Troopers received a tip from the United States Customs Border Protection and Homeland Security about an airplane's suspicious activity at the Alexandria International Airport.

A Rapides Parish Sheriff's Department K-9 found drugs on the plane, and troopers seized more than 34 pounds of high grade marijuana and 550 grams of hashish, with an estimated street value of about $160,000.

While interviewing the men, authorities said George flew them from Boulder City, Nev., and the drugs on board were "destined for Mardi Gras," Moreau said.Both men were charged with two counts of possession of a CDS I with the intent to distribute and booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center.

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