An Alabama-bound California man will be staying a little longer than he planned in Louisiana after his travel plans were upended by a Bienville Parish Sheriff’s Deputy Monday afternoon.
BPSO Deputy Louie Foy was checking traffic on I-20 around 3:30 p.m. Monday when he clocked a driver named Kao Lao driving his maroon Toyota van eastbound driving 16 miles over the 70 miles-per-hour speed limit.
Foy executed a traffic stop, introducing himself to Lao, who was still seated in the driver’s seat.
Immediately smelling fragrance of raw marijuana wafting through the inside the vehicle, Foy observed seven large garbage bags in the rear of the vehicle.
Ultimately, those trash bags were determined to contain approximately 139 pounds of marijuana – 63,049 grams – of marijuana.
Lao, a Sacramento, Calif. resident, stated he was headed to Alabama when he was stopped.
Lao has been charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute (over 60 pounds), is now a guest of Bienville Parish taxpayers in the Bienville Parish Jail. His bond is set at $1 million.