Church Point truck driver arrested after K9 detects 63 pounds of cocaine

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SULPHUR, La. (KLFY)- A Church Point man was arrested deputies discovered 63 pounds of cocaine in his truck.

On September 22 at approximately 4:30 a.m.,  the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T. Team)  conducted a stop on a tow truck near mile marker 23 in Sulphur traveling eastbound on I-10 for a traffic violation. 

When investigator Cpl. Booth was talking with the driver of the truck, Elton J. Richard, 42, Church Point, he “began to act suspiciously”, the deputy said.

Cpl. Booth asked for permission to search the truck but Richard refused, he said.  Drug detection K-9 “Sam” was then brought to conduct a free air sniff around the truck.

“Sam provided a positive response to the odor of a controlled substance coming from the vehicle,” authorities said.

During a search, authorities found  27 bundles, totaling approximately 63 pounds of powder cocaine, with an estimated street value of $870,000, was recovered from inside the truck.

 Richard was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with possession of CDS II (cocaine) over 28 grams. 

 Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $250,000.

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