ST. TAMMANY PARISH, La. (WDSU) — Louisiana State Police announced that a task force seized over $7 million worth of “high grade” marijuana in an illegal grow operation in St. Tammany Parish.
On Wednesday, troopers and task force officers from the Louisiana State Police Narcotics/Violent Crimes task force seized over 5,300 “high grade” marijuana plants and multiple pounds of processed marijuana with an estimated street value of over $7 million.
State police say the illegal narcotics were taken from two grow houses in St. Tammany Parish and one in Orleans Parish.
Four suspects have been arrested and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on multiple charges related to the illegal narcotics operation, according to state police.
Troopers say as a result of a monthslong investigation targeting members of a drug trafficking organization, troopers and officers from the task force executed six search warrants in St. Tammany Parish and Orleans Parish.
In addition to the “high grade” marijuana plants, agents also seized a small amount of cocaine, Suboxone, two vehicles, two firearms, and approximately $75,000, according to state police.
Hung Q Nguyen, Phi Q. Nguyen, and Tuan Q. Nguyen were each arrested and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail for cultivation of marijuana, possession with intent to distribute schedule I controlled dangerous substance, creation/operation of a clandestine laboratory, drug conspiracy, and racketeering.
Hau Trung Pham was also arrested and booked into the jail with two counts of possession of schedule II controlled dangerous substance and possession of a firearm in the presence of a controlled dangerous substance, according to state police.
By: WDSU Digital Team