ERIC SCOTT RADIO | LAKE CHARLES, LA. — On March 18, at approximately 1:30 a.m., Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T. Team) Detective Sgts. Stuart Henderson and Jason O’Rouke conducted a stop on a car traveling eastbound on I-10 between Vinton and Sulphur for a traffic violation.

When the driver of the car, Deangelo C. Wright, 22, and passenger Curtis G. White, 44, both of South Carolina, began to act suspiciously, Sgt. Henderson allowed his trained and certified drug detection K-9 “Tonja” to conduct a free air sniff around the car.

After Tonja provided a positive response to the odor of controlled substance, detectives began a subsequent search of the car when Wright fled on foot into a nearby wooded area. Detectives conducted an extensive search of the area but were unable to locate Wright immediately.

Detectives recovered three large trash bags containing over 40 pounds of marijuana, with an estimated street value of $54,000, from the trunk of the car. White was arrested and transported to the C.A.T. office for further investigation.

Approximately an hour later, Wright contacted 911 advising he was lost in the woods along I-10 and needed help. CPSO deputies responded and apprehended Wright without further incident.

Wright and White were both booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and both charged with possession of CDS I (marijuana) with intent to distribute. Wright is also charged with resisting an officer by flight.

Both of their bonds are still pending.

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