A Nevada resident was arrested Tuesday (November 3, 2020) after illegal narcotics were located hidden inside his vehicle during a traffic stop near Covington.
At approximately 9 p.m. Tuesday, deputies with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Highway Enforcement Unit conducted a routine traffic stop on a white Nissan Altima that was headed eastbound on Interstate 12. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Sirtevin M. Moore, age 27 and of Las Vegas, Nevada. Moore told deputies he was traveling from Las Vegas to Florida for a job. As deputies approached the vehicle, they observed a jar containing approximately 2.5 grams of marijuana in plain view on the front passenger seat.
While conducting a search of the vehicle, deputies located approximately 4.10 pounds of methamphetamine concealed in the natural void of the vehicle’s rear corner panel. The methamphetamine was packaged with cayenne and other spices in an attempt to mask the narcotic odor from being detected by K9s.
In addition to the narcotics, $1,414 and drug paraphernalia were located in Moore’s luggage and throughout the vehicle. Moore claimed ownership of the marijuana and currency, but denied having any knowledge about the methamphetamine being inside the car.
Deputies seized the narcotics and currency and arrested Moore on the charges of Following Too Close, Speeding, Improper Lane Use, No Driver’s License, Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule I CDS (marijuana), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule II CDS (methamphetamine), and Transactions Involving Proceeds from Drug Offenses. Bond was set at $1,600,000.00.
Sheriff Randy Smith praised the Highway Enforcement Unit for its constant proactive enforcement on the interstate system that travels through our community. “Our Highway Enforcement Unit has been very successful in making many proactive arrests and reducing the availability of dangerous drugs being dispersed in and traveling through St. Tammany Parish," Sheriff Smith said.