St. Tammany Parish Traffic Stop On I-12 Leads To Large Pot Bust


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St. Tammany Parish officials say a drug trafficking suspect is under arrest after a traffic stop on I-12 resulted in a major marijuana bust.

A deputy pulled over a pickup truck with Texas license plates about 9 p.m. Sunday on I-12 eastbound near Highway 1088.

Deputies searched the truck and found 46 bags with 51 pounds of pot, along with nearly $1,500 in cash.

Jorge Valeriano, 30, was arrested for possession with intent to distribute, possession of proceeds from drug deals, and a couple of moving violations.

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