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Poor parking decision ends in drug bust

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The decision of a Liberty County resident to stop his pick-up truck in a moving lane of traffic in the 2100 block of State Highway 146 Bypass in the City of Liberty resulted in his arrest on a felony narcotic charge. At approximately 10 p.m. on Nov. 6, Liberty County Deputy Sheriff James Abram spotted a pickup truck stopped in the middle of the highway and when Abram approached the truck to see if the driver was having a medical problem, he saw the driver later identified as 37-year-old Landon Fontenot from the Moss Bluff area reaching under the driver’s seat and appeared to be reaching for a weapon or attempting to hide something.

Deputy Abram approached the driver’s door and saw a set of digital scales which are commonly used to measure narcotics sitting on the front seat. The driver was asked if there was anything in the truck that was illegal, and Fontenot freely admitted there was a bag under the driver’s seat containing 125 grams of methamphetamines. Fontenot volunteered the information to Dep. Abram that he was considered the “go to guy” for the purchase of narcotics in Liberty County. After Fontenot was arrested a large amount of money was found in his pocket along with other illegal drug paraphernalia in the truck.

Landon Fontenot was charged with manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance, a first degree felony, and placed in the Liberty County jail.

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