'Pot', cash seized
By Howell Dennis
CROWLEY – Members of the Crowley Police Department SWAT team raided the home of Stanley Jones Jr., 33, of Crowley and made history in the process. Their discovery of 294 pounds of marijuana at his 918 W. 14th St. residence was - weight -wise - the largest, non-trafficking drug bust in Crowley Police Department history. The street value of the drugs was estimated to be approximately $300,000.
“These drugs were intended for the streets of Crowley,” said an obviously pleased Crowley Police Chief K.P. Gibson. “They weren’t just passing through on the interstate.”
Also seized from the residence were $15,000 in cash, a 9mm handgun, and two vehicles.
“This assuredly puts a major dent in the marijuana trade in our city,” said Gibson.
Jones, who has a history of narcotics arrests, had been under investigation by the Crowley police for some time.
“When our officers thought the time was right they moved in and obviously did so at the right time,” Gibson said. “I can’t tell you how proud I am of our officers and the hard work that went into this investigation.”
According to Gibson the marijuana wasn’t that hard to find.
“It was in one of the back rooms just sitting out in plain view,” he said.
“We know we are fighting a losing war when it comes to narcotics,” said Gibson. “But we will never stop fighting.”
Jones was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, monies derived from drug proceeds, and being a felon in possession of a firearm. His bond is set at $700,000.
The money and the vehicles that were seized will be used by the Crowley police to support their continuing war against narcotics.