Louisiana State Police seized 420 pounds of marijuana in a traffic stop Tuesday.
Troopers with the Bureau of Investigations assigned to the LSP High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Task Force received information from law enforcement agents in San Jose, California, in reference to a large quantity of marijuana destined for Westwego.
During the investigation, troopers intercepted a freight shipment and LSP K-9 “Luke” alerted on three pallets that were contained in the trailer.
A search warrant was obtained, and inside the trailer troopers found 12, 55-gallon drums of soaking salts.
Concealed inside the drums were vacuum sealed bags of marijuana totaling about 420 pounds.
An additional search warrant was executed on a residence in Westwego.
There, troopers and Westwego police found an additional 12 pounds of marijuana, about 14 grams of cocaine, 543 dosage units of steroids, and an assortment of drug paraphernalia used for distributing marijuana.
Troopers arrested Michael Kwan, 32, of Westwego, as a result of the investigation.
Kwan was booked into the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center on multiple charges, including attempt to possess with intent to distribute marijuana, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, and possession with intent to distribute steroids.
“When law enforcement works together for a common goal, our communities see the results,” said Col. Mike Edmonson, superintendent of the Louisiana State Police. “Through the LSP Fusion Center and partnerships we have created across our nation, law enforcement shares information more now than ever before. I am proud of not only my personnel, but of all officers working together tirelessly to keep our communities safe.”