Police seize stash of meth disguised as candles
BATON ROUGE - Narcotics agents say a traffic stop of a passenger bus headed east on I-12 led to the arrest of a Texas man and the seizure of a large amount of methamphetamine disguised as decorative candles early Thursday morning.
Officers with the Baton Rouge Police Highway Interdiction Unit said they stopped the commercial bus shortly 2 a.m. on Oct. 16 and conducted a search of passenger luggage. During the search, a drug-sniffing dog alerted officers to a suitcase that contained 48 candles decorated with religious imagery.
Narcotics agents confirmed that the candle disguise was unable to fool the K-9 unit as they determined the glass containers contained a mixture of wax and the street drug meth.
Baton Rouge police arrested and booked 19-year-old Jose Antonio Rodriguez-Lara of Houston, Texas into EBR Parish Prison on a charges of distributing and manufacturing a Schedule II drug.