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VP man arrested after troopers find $74,000 worth of cocaine in vehicle

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By: ELIZABETH
WEST
Managing Editor

A Ville Platte man was arrested in Calcasieu Parish after he was found to be in possession of cocaine during a traffic stop on Wednesday.
In a press release from Louisiana State Police Troop D it states, “On Wednesday, October 25, 2017, shortly after 9:00 p.m., a Trooper assigned to LSP Troop D stopped a 2013 Buick Lacrosse on Interstate 10 east for a traffic violation.”
According to the release, “troopers requested permission to search the vehicle but the driver, 39-year-old Eric Richard of Ville Platte, refused to give consent.”
The release states that “A State Police K-9 was deployed and indicated the presence of narcotics in the vehicle,” which then led to a search of the car.
According to the release, “approximately two pounds of powdered cocaine with an estimated street value of $74,000 was located in the vehicle.”
Richard was arrested and charged with following too close, defective vehicle equipment and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. He was booked into the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center.
“If convicted,” according to the release, “Richard faces up to 30 years in prison and up to a $50,000 fine.”

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