Task Force seizes $7M in "high grade" marijuana
Press Release from Louisiana State Police:
ST. TAMMANY PARISH---On Wednesday, July 8, 2020, Troopers and Task Force Officers from the Louisiana State Police Narcotics/Violent Crimes task force seized over 5,300 “high grade” marijuana plants and multiple pounds of processed marijuana with an estimated street value of over seven million dollars.
The illegal narcotics were taken from two grow houses in St. Tammany Parish and one in Orleans Parish.
Four suspects have been arrested and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on multiple charges related to the illegal narcotics operation.
As a result of a month’s long investigation targeting members of a drug trafficking organization, Troopers and Officers from the task force executed six search warrants in St. Tammany and Orleans Parish. In addition to the “high grade” marijuana plants, agents also seized a small amount of cocaine, suboxone, two vehicles, two firearms, and approximately $75,000 in US Currency. Subsequently, Hung Q Nguyen, Phi Q. Nguyen, and Tuan Q. Nguyen were each arrested and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail for Cultivation of Marijuana, Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substance, Creation/Operation of a Clandestine Laboratory, Drug Conspiracy, and Racketeering. Hau Trung Pham was also arrested and booked into the jail with two counts of Possession of Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance and Possession of a Firearm in the Presence of a Controlled Dangerous Substance.
The Louisiana State Police Narcotics/Violent Crimes Task Force is comprised of narcotics agents from the Louisiana State Police, United States Drug Enforcement Administration, United States Homeland Security Investigations, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office, Slidell Police Department and the St. Tammany Parish District Attorney’s Office. The task force was established as a cohesive partnership of federal, state, and local Northshore law enforcement agencies to proactively enforce narcotics laws and reduce violent crime in and around Northshore communities. If you would like to report illegal narcotics activity on the Northshore, please contact the task force at 985-543-4182.