Two caught with drugs after bomb scare aboard bus on I-10 Tuesday
WESTLAKE, LA - What was initially reported to law enforcement as a bomb threat led to the arrest of two people transporting drugs aboard a commercial bus Tuesday.
State police shut down I-10 Eastbound in Westlake Tuesday evening over a reported bomb threat made aboard a Megabus. The situation led state police to shut down the interstate for a large part of the evening.
The Calcasiueu Parish Sheriff's Office says the call came in after a person fell ill and prompted the driver to pull over. After an ambulance picked up the rider, another passenger said that person had made comments suggesting there was an explosive aboard the vehicle.
As passengers were being evacuated, a man identified as Albert Williams fled the scene on foot with a bag and sweatpants. Deputies said he dropped both the bag and his paints in a drainage ditch while fleeing law enforcement. Williams was apprehended, and the items he left behind were recovered. Officers found a large ziplock bag inside containing about 907 grams of powder cocaine with an estimated street value of $80,000-$100,000.
Deputies found another man aboard the bus, identified as George Pottinger of Georgia, carrying multiple backpacks containing 60 pints of promethazine with an estimated street value of $15,000-$20,000. During a search of his person, deputies also located marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
While Pottinger was undergoing a body scan at the Calcasieu Correctional Center, officials say he also pulled a bag of marijuana from his pants and swallowed it.
Williams is charged with possession of cocaine over 400 grams, obstruction of justice and resisting an officer. Pottinger is charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of CDS V with intent to distribute, contraband in a penal institution and obstruction of justice.
No bomb was found on the bus.
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