LCSO: Poor parking on highway ends in drug bust

A Liberty County man who stopped his pick-up truck in a moving lane of traffic in the 2100 block of the SH 146 Bypass in Liberty was arrested on a felony narcotic charge.

According to Capt. Ken DeFoor, spokesperson for the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, at approximately 10 p.m. on Nov. 6, Deputy James Abram spotted the pick-up stopped in the middle of the highway. 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. Abram reportedly was concerned that Fontenot was reaching for a weapon or attempting to conceal something in his truck.

Abram reported noticed a set of digital scales that 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 allegedly admitted there was a bag under the driver’s seat containing 125 grams of methamphetamine.

“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.

Fontenot was charged with Manufacturing and Delivery of a Controlled Substance, a first degree felony, and placed in the Liberty County Jail. He is being held on a $100,000 bond.

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