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Traffic stop yields nearly half-million dollars worth of cocaine

3 years 9 months 1 week ago Wednesday, June 10 2015 Jun 10, 2015 June 10, 2015 5:03 PM June 10, 2015 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Kevin Dupuy

HAMMOND - Nearly half a million dollars worth of cocaine is off the streets after a traffic stop near Hammond Thursday morning. 

Shortly after 10:00 am, a Louisiana State Trooper stopped a Nissan Rogue on Interstate 12 west of Interstate 55 in Tangipahoa Parish for a traffic violation.  According to the State Police, during the traffic stop, the trooper became suspicious of possible criminal activity and requested to search the vehicle.

Troopers recovered a semi-automatic handgun and more than 34 pounds of cocaine worth over $450,000.00 concealed in a hidden compartment within the vehicle.  

Michael Mendez, 51, of Houston, Texas was arrested for felony possession of cocaine over 400 grams and possession of a firearm in the presence of a controlled dangerous substance.


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