Five kilos of cocaine seized by Sheriff

Five kilos of cocaine seized by Sheriff


The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office made another large narcotics seizure Friday March 8, this time using one of Beaumont’s hard-working K-9 officers. 

The seizure began with a routine traffic stop about 4:30 a.m. near mile marker 845 on I-10. The man — who police later identified as Brian Anthony Lewis, 30, of Louisiana — was acting nervous according to a press release. 

Deputy Rod Carroll said the six-foot-seven, 350-pound Lewis became hostile to the Sheriff’s Deputy conducting the search. 

“He acted in a very aggressive manner with the deputy,” Carroll said. 

When the sheriff’s deputy asked for consent to search the vehicle, the suspect refused and the deputy deployed one of the department’s K-9 units who immediately alerted police to the presence of drugs. 

A search ensued and at least five kilos of cocaine were found in a hidden compartment of the vehicle with a street value of about $115,000, according to the press release. 

Lewis was booked in the Jefferson County Correctional Facility on possession of a controlled substance. 

His bond was set at $20,000. 

Although Carroll was sure to give credit to the K-9 officer who found the drugs, Carroll refused to identify the animal for fear of repercussions. 

“They’ve put hits on our animals,” he said.