Traffic stop leads to seizure of stolen guns, drugs in St. Mary Parish
ST. MARY PARISH – A traffic stop in St. Mary Parish led deputies to the seizure of a dozen guns, drugs and more than $14,000.
The seizure came after deputies patrolling US Highway 90 saw a vehicle that failed to signal while changing lanes. Deputies stopped the car and found that 20-year-old Joshua Miller was driving with a suspended license.
32-year-old Raymundo K. Pizano-Montes was also in the car at the time.
Deputies were able to search the vehicle, with Miller's consent, and located LSD with an estimated street value of $8,000, along with Xanax pills, marijuana and a dozen guns. Detectives also seized $14,500 in cash from drug sales.
Narcotics detectives found evidence that the guns were being transported to be sold out of state and that two of the guns were reported stolen.
Miller was arrested on charges of failure to signal and driving with a suspended license. Pizano-Montes was arrested on the following charges:
Possession of Schedule I (lysergic acid diethylamide) with intent to distribute
Possession of Schedule I (marijuana) with intent to distribute
Possession of Schedule IV (Xanax) with intent to distribute
2 counts possession of stolen firearms
Illegal carrying of weapons
Possession of a controlled dangerous substance in the presence of a juvenile
Possession of a firearm in the presence of a controlled dangerous substance
Transactions involving proceeds from drug offenses
Possession of drug paraphernalia
The U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives will continue the investigation.
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