Police: drug trafficking operation busted in college neighborhood
BATON ROUGE - A house in a quiet neighborhood of mostly college students was a cover for a drug trafficking operation, police said in court documents relating to the arrest of Sittipong Jitarun, 31.
Jitarun was arrested Thursday at his house in Nicholson Lakes after a search turned up drugs, weapons and cash. Investigators said they initiated a search of Jitarun's house in the 9000 block of Eastbank Drive after talking to him at his front door and a smell of marijuana was obvious.
In an arrest report, an officer wrote Jitarun confessed to smoking weed and that he had a small amount in the house. Subsequently, officers found more marijuana and a pistol.
A further search located 28 bags of pot, 248 grams of THC wax, cocaine, hydrocodone, a scale, $10,460 and four rifles.
Jitarun said he sells marijuana to make extra money, court documents reported. He was booked on drug and weapons charges.
Bond was set late Thursday at $150,000.
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