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Traffic Stop Leads to Arrest of Opelousas Man

A Patrol Sgt. with the Opelousas Police Department made a narcotics arrest after observing a vehicle driving off with a gas pump nozzle still connected to the vehicle.

Posted: Aug 10, 2021 8:25 AM

OPELOUSAS La. - A Patrol Sgt. with the Opelousas Police Department made a narcotics arrest after observing a vehicle driving off with a gas pump nozzle still connected to the vehicle on Monday, August 9, 2021.  The officer proceeded to stop the vehicle a short distance away, and upon making contact with the driver, the very strong odor of marijuana was detected coming from the vehicle. The driver later identified as Lawrence “Tap” Biagase III immediately admitted to the officer that he was rolling a marijuana cigar at the time of the stop. After further investigation, officers discovered approximately 1lb. 3 oz. of suspected high grade marijuana, 8 oz. of suspected crack cocaine, and a combination of (162) prescription pills of Oxycodone and Hydrocodone. The officer also located over $8500.00 in U.S. Currency in possession of  Biagase.  Biagase was booked into the St. Landry Parish Jail on the following charges:

Lawrence Biagase III age 39 of Opelousas, La. 

Possession of Schedule I narcotics with intent to distribute.
3 Counts of Possession of Schedule II narcotics with intent to distribute.
Transactions Involving Proceeds From Drug Offences.

A female passenger in the vehicle was also cited for obstruction of justice, as a result of her trying to conceal a portion of the narcotics that was found in the vehicle. Lawrence Biagase has an extensive history of narcotics arrest dating back to 2004.

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