Tow Truck Driver Busted With $870,000 Of Cocaine

Lake Charles, Louisiana — A Louisiana tow truck driver was busted with 63 pounds of cocaine in his truck early last Saturday morning in Sulphur, LA. Elton J. Richard, 42, of Church Point, LA., was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center on a charge of “possession of CDS II (cocaine) over 28 grams.” His bond was set at $250,000 according to a news release from the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.

63 pounds of cocaine found in 27 bundles in tow truck

Cpl. Chad Booth, with the “Combined Anti-Drug Task Force​​​​​,” or CAT Team, pulled over Richard in his tow truck along eastbound Interstate 10 near mile marker 23 at about 4:30 a.m. Saturday for a traffic violation. According to authorities, the deputy noticed Richard acting nervous and asked to search the truck.

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Richard refused the search. The deputy then had his drug detection K-9, “Sam,” conduct a “free air sniff” around the tow truck according to the release. After “Sam” indicated an odor of a controlled substance coming from the truck, the truck was then searched and deputies found 27 bundles of cocaine. The estimated street value of the powder cocaine found in Richard’s truck is $870,000.


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