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Apr 22, 2013 3:54 PM by KATC

Three Drug Arrests in Lake Charles Area

Detectives with the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T. Team) were contacted in reference to a package being delivered to a business on Moeling Street in Lake Charles on April 17. According to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office, the package was intercepted through the mail by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents and was found to contain approximately 505 grams of MDMA (ecstasy) powder.

During further investigation, C.A.T. detectives discovered Andrew D. Cao, 26, Matthew Petrou, 33, both of Houston, Texas, and Dennis P. Truong, 20, Sugarland, Texas, were allegedly scheduled to arrive at the business to purchase the package of ecstasy powder.

While conducting surveillance, undercover detectives observed three individuals later identified as Cao, Petrou, and Truong, inside a car entering the parking lot of the business, according to Kim Myers, spokesperson for the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office.

Detectives made contact with Cao, Petrou, and Truong and arrested them without incident. During a search for officer safety, detectives allegedly located over 15 grams of marijuana, 2 grams of powder cocaine, and a 40 caliber handgun inside the car.

According to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office, all three men were booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with conspiracy to possess methylamphetamine (MDMA) with intent to distribute; possession of CDS II (cocaine); possession of CDS I (marijuana) with intent to distribute; and possession of drug paraphernalia. Petrou was also allegedly charged with possession of a firearm in presence of illegal narcotics.

Judge Ron Ware set bonds for Cao and Truong at $118,000 each; and set Petrou's bond at $148,000.

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    Matthew Petrou, 33, of Houston, Texas
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    Dennis P. Truong, 20, of Sugarland, Texas
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    Andrew D. Cao, 26, of Houston, Texas
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