Posted: Mar 28, 2013 12:55 PM by KATC
Updated: Mar 28, 2013 12:59 PM
LAFAYETTE, La. (KATC) - A routine traffic stop conducted by the St. Landry Sheriff's deputies led to the arrest of a 23-year-old burglar suspect.
"While on a routine traffic stop, our Highway Drug Interdiction Team was able to help end a crime spree from Acadia Parish involving several burglaries and dozens of victims," says Sheriff Bobby J. Guidroz.
Garrett James Miller, of Iota, was charged with possession of marijuana, felon possession of a firearm, illegal possession of stolen firearms, firearm in the presence of controlled dangerous substance with several charges pending in Acadia Parish.
Authorities say deputies conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for traveling seventy-four miles per hour in a sixty-five mile per hour zone. Deputies located a partially smoked marijuana cigarette and $8,540.00 in cash on Miller's person. Deputies also located a .22 caliber revolver. Miller was transported to the St. Landry Parish Jail where he admitted to five burglaries in Acadia Parish according to authorities.
Guidroz said, "One of the burglaries involved over $6,000 dollars worth of tools. Some of the tools were recovered in Eunice and some were located in a pawn shop in Baton Rouge. The gun and the cash that were located on Miller were from a vehicle burglary in Acadia Parish where approximately $10,000 in cash and a .22 caliber revolver were stolen. The cash and the revolver were returned to the Acadia Parish Sheriff's Office."
"This traffic stop is a prime example of our drug interdiction efforts, whereby officers are able to stop a diverse array of criminal activity through traffic stops," Guidroz added.