A Nevada man was arrested Tuesday after St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies found four pounds of methamphetamine wrapped in cayenne pepper and other spices and hidden inside his vehicle during a traffic stop.
Deputies with the with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Highway Enforcement Unit stopped the Nissan Altima about 9 p.m. as it was headed east on Interstate 10, according to the news release, and the driver, 27-year-old Sirtevin M. Moore, told them he was headed from Las Vegas to Florida for a job.
Deputies saw a jar on the front passenger seat that held about 2.5 grams of marijuana, and a further search of the vehicle revealed just over 4 pounds of meth concealed in the void created by the car’s rear corner panel, the news release said.
The cayenne and spices were intended to prevent K9s from detecting the drugs.
Deputies also found $1,414 and drug paraphernalia in the man’s luggage.
Moore admitted owning the marijuana and money but denied know that the methamphetamine was in the car.
Moore was arrested and booked with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and transactions involving proceeds from drug offenses.
He was also booked with traffic offenses, including speeding, following too close, improper lane use and having no driver’s license.