$332,000 in drugs located in gas tank

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Daniel Efferson Jr., b/m, 54, of Natchitoches was arrested Nov. 18 by the Natchitoches Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force following a long term narcotics investigation.  During the investigation, NMJDTF agents along with the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office High Tech Crime Unit determined Efferson was transporting large amounts of illicit narcotics such as Crystal Methamphetamine, Promethazine syrup and high grade marijuana to Natchitoches from Houston.
Agents learned Efferson was returning from Houston Sunday with a large quantity of illegal narcotics.  NMJDTF agents obtained a search warrant for Efferson’s vehicle when it arrived in Natchitoches Parish.  At approximately 6 p.m., agents located Efferson operating a GMC Sierra truck on Highway 117 in Natchitoches Parish traveling towards Natchitoches and conducted a traffic stop to conduct a search on the vehicle. During the traffic stop, agents ran a narcotics detector canine on the vehicle where K-9 Misty gave a positive response near the gas tank area.  NMJDTF agents detained the occupants per the investigation and the vehicle was towed to the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center for further inspection.
At NPDC, agents obtained information from Efferson that there were methamphetamine, Promethazine and marijuana in the gas tank.  A search of the gas tank resulted in the following vacuum sealed packages containing illicit narcotics:
– 7 vacuum sealed Tupperware containers containing suspected crystal methamphetamine (4.5 pounds approximate weight)
– 4 vacuum sealed packages each filled with suspected high grade marijuana (2.1 pounds approximate weight)
– 9 vacuum sealed packages containing 18 bottles of suspected Promethazine syrup (2 gallons approximate volume)
Efferson was arrested and booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute CDS I Marijuana, Possession with Intent to Distribute CDS II Methamphetamine and Possession with Intent to Distribute CDS V Promethazine.
The confiscated drugs have an estimated street value of $332,200.