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State Police: Ville Platte man arrested after 2 pounds of cocaine found in vehicle

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Eric Richard / CPSO Eric Richard / CPSO

A Ville Platte Man was arrested Wednesday night after troopers allegedly found cocaine in the vehicle he was driving on I-10 in Calcasieu Parish.

On Wednesday, October 25, 2017, shortly after 9:00 p.m., a trooper stopped a vehicle on I-10 east for a traffic violation.  The trooper requested permission to search the vehicle but the driver, 39-year-old Eric Richard of Ville Platte, refused to give consent.

A State Police K-9 was deployed and indicated the presence of narcotics in the vehicle.  During a search of the vehicle, troopers says approximately 2 pounds of powdered cocaine with an estimated street value of $74,000 was located inside the vehicle.  

Richard was booked on the following charges:

  • following too close
  • defective vehicle equipment
  • possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. 

He was booked into the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center. If convicted, Richard faces up to 30 years in prison and up to a $50,000 fine.

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