An alert Louisiana State Police K-9 Unit Dog alerted troopers to the presence of drugs inside a vehicle on I-10 in Jefferson Davis Parish Tuesday.


Troopers pulled over the 2008 GMC Pickup for a traffic violation.  The vehicle was searched and approximately 90 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of $90,000 was found in the vehicle.  

Detectives with the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations with the assistance of agents from the U.S.  Border Patrol interviewed the driver 24-year-old Jesus Ortuno of Lawrenceville, GA, and other vehicle occupants, 26-year-old Oscar Nieto Pina, 20-year-old Valentin Rivera Garcia, and 21-year-old Marino Rivera Lorado, all of Hattisburg, GA.

All four subjects were charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana.  Pina and Ortuno were booked into the Jefferson Davis Parish Jail.  Garcia and Lorado were released to the custody of the U.S. Border Patrol.