Opelousas Police Department
Opelousas Police Department

Opelousas Police arrested 39-year-old Lawrence "Tap" Biagase III on Monday after Biagase was caught driving away from a gas pump with the hose still attached to his car. According to Opelousas Police Department, the man immediately admitted the incident happened while he was rolling a marijuana cigar.

The vehicle in question was at a local gas station in the 1300 block of Creswell Ln. at about 11:20 A.M. when the officer saw the vehicle drive away from the pump pulling the hose away from it. -Opelousas Police Department

Opelousas Police Chief Martin McLendon said there was a very strong "odor" coming from Biagase's car when officers pulled him over. After investigating, police found 1lb. 3 oz. of high-grade marijuana, 8 oz. of crack cocaine and a combination of one hundred sixty-two prescription pills including Oxycodone and Hydrocodone.

Police also found $8,500 in cash.

According to Opelousas Police Department Facebook page, Lawrence "Tap" Biagase III was arrested for possession of Schedule I narcotics with the intent to distribute, 3 counts of possession of Schedule II narcotics with intent to distribute and 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 were found in the vehicle. Lawrence Biagase has an extensive history of narcotics arrests dating back to 2004. -Opelousas Police Department

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