A drug raid in south Shreveport uncovered a 17-pound bundle of marijuana, $8,545 in cash and a handgun, Shreveport Police and Caddo sheriff’s officials said in a news conference Thursday.
The marijuana’s estimated street value: $174,493.
The Tuesday operation was a joint venture between both departments.
Anthony W. Murray, 46, of 417 Brushy Bayou Blvd. in Shreveport, was arrested and charged with distribution of a schedule I controlled substance, possession of a firearm with a controlled dangerous substance and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
He was listed Thursday afternoon as an inmate at Caddo Correctional Center.
Murray was asleep when members of the Caddo-Shreveport Narcotics Unit, along with the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team went to the home around 5:30 a.m., Sheriff Steve Prator said.
Authorities said they investigated for seven months prior to Murray’s arrest. He was a mid-level dealer and was not selling from the house, said sheriff’s office spokeswoman Cindy Chadwick.
Chadwick wouldn’t reveal how authorities learned of Murray.
The home is off Lindwood Avenue near Calvary Baptist Academy.
“It’s unusual that we show it off,” Prator said of the haul during the news conference at Shreveport police headquarters. “Because normally what we do on something this big or bigger is try to work it into something else. …Once the puzzle runs into a dead end, then we tell you.”
Most of the 17 pounds of marijuana sat on a Shreveport Police conference table in a large green slab with smaller portions around it bagged for distribution. The marijuana’s pungent scent filled the room.
The motivator for the conference, Prator said, was the coming state legislative session and the “really strange gray area” for medicinal marijuana.
“We wanted to remind people that marijuana — especially this amount — is very profitable. It’s a very dangerous business to be in and it’s very illegal,” Prator said. “We’re still going to put you in jail if you’re distributing.”
Deputy Chief Bill Goodin with the Shreveport Police applauded the law enforcement officers’ efforts.
“Their hard work pays tremendous dividends to the people who live, learn, work, play and worship in the parish and city.