Lake Charles, LA –On May 18, at approximately 6:00 a.m., Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T. Team) Detective Cpl. Kevin Hoover conducted a stop on a car for a traffic violation near mile marker 14 eastbound on I-10. When Cpl. Hoover spoke with the driver, Sharon M. Leblanc, 44, of Lafayette, LA, she began to act suspiciously.
Cpl. Hoover received permission from Leblanc to search the car, and with his K-9 "Mako" located an area where the front passenger side airbag cover had been tampered with. After further investigation Cpl. Hoover located an electronic hidden compartment in the airbag area. Once the compartment was opened Cpl. Hoover recovered 8 clear zip lock bags, containing a total of 7,684 pills identified as (Alprazolam / Xanax), with an estimated street value of $80,000.
Leblanc was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with possession with intent to distribute CDS IV. Leblanc's bond was set at $15,000 by Judge Savoie.
Today, May 21, C.A.T. Team Detective Cpl. Chris Johnson stopped a vehicle on I-10 eastbound near mile marker 21 for a traffic violation. Hieu Xuan Ngo, 51, 8381 Hazelwood Circle, Westminster, CA, a nationalized citizen from Vietnam, claimed to be traveling from California to North Carolina via Houston, TX. During the traffic stop, Cpl. Johnson smelled the odor of raw marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. Cpl. Johnson allowed his trained and certified drug detection K9 "Sonja" to conduct a free air sniff around the vehicle. K9 Sonja provided a positive response to the odor of a controlled substance coming from the vehicle. A subsequent search revealed approximately 30 pounds of high grade marijuana known as "hydro" in the vehicle's trunk It was packaged in two large black trash bags and a white trash bag that was secreted in a bag containing Ngo's clothes. The marijuana was packaged in 28 vacuum sealed clear plastic bags.
Ngo was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center for possession of CDS I marijuana with the intent to distribute. The marijuana has a street value of approximately $156,000. Judge Robert Wyatt set Ngo's bond at $500,000.