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Month-long investigation results in nearly $2 million drug bust in Louisiana

January 31, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Month-long investigation results in nearly $2 million drug bust in Louisiana

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A month-long probe resulted in close to two million dollars worth of drugs having been removed from the streets of Central Louisiana, state police officials revealed.

The Louisiana State Police announced that Derrick Felton, 37, of Alexandria, was arrested on Friday for possession of a substantial amount of illegal drugs and cash.

Investigators started to look into Felton in early January for distribution of meth. Based on the information they collected from the investigation, they were able to obtain search warrants for multiple homes in Alexandria, KNOE reported.

According to police, Felton was spotted driving in the city and was arrested during a traffic stop before the warrant was carried out.

Upon his arrest, investigators seized a significant amount of drugs in the vehicle, along with a large amount of cash.

After he had been arrested, the search warrant was executed at the homes, which resulted in the seizure of more drugs and money.

The drugs seized has an estimated street value of approximately $1.7 million.

Among the drugs recovered were more than 64 pounds of crystal meth, which had a street value of about $1.5 million. Authorities also found more than 2 pounds of heroin, which was worth over $120,000, 2 pounds of cocaine, with a value over $100,000, and 5 pints of promethazine cough syrup, which was worth over $3,000.

Investigators also confiscated more than $67,000 in cash.

He was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center and is being held on $35,500 bond.

State police announced that multiple agencies were responsible for the inquiry, which ranged from local law enforcement to federal agencies.

Agencies involved in the probe include Louisiana Army National Guard Counter Drug Unit, LSP, Alexandria Police Department, the FBI, Central Louisiana Safe Streets Task Force, Louisiana Probation and Parole, U.S. Postal Inspector’s Office, Pineville Police Department, the Rapides Parish District Attorney’s Office, and the Grant Parish Sheriff’s Office.

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