Marrero, New Orleans ( The Times Picayune, Oct 9,2017): Narcotics officers seized 44 pounds of marijuana from a Marrerohome during an investigation, according to authorities.
Members of the West Bank Major Crimes Task Force were looking into the activities of Hieu Nguyen, 32, of unincorporated Gretna, as part of an ongoing drug investigation, arrest reports said. Agents obtained a warrant for a residence connected to Nguyen in the 400 block of Saddler Road in Marrero.
The task force detained Nguyen and a companion, Ngoc Pham, 32, of Westminster, Calif., on Thursday afternoon (Oct. 5) at a Marrero store, the report said. A K-9 officer sniffed their vehicle and alerted to the presence of narcotics.
Investigators towed the car and moved on to search the Saddler Road house. Inside, they found 44 pounds of marijuana and materials used to package and sell the drugs, arrest reports said. They also seized $8,959.
Nguyen admitted selling marijuana for money, the report said. He told investigators he recruited Pham to wire large amounts of money to California to buy more of the drug, the report said.
Nguyen was booked with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, attempted possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, violation of drug laws and possession of drug paraphernalia.