One in custody, one at large after traffic stop reveals cocaine, codeine and synthetic marijuana

A spokesperson for the Orange County Sheriff's Office told 12News deputies made one arrest and are looking for another suspect after finding a Louisiana man with a large amount of synthetic marijuana, white powder believed to be cocaine and bottles of liquid codeine. 

Sgt. Chad Hogan said deputies pulled over a driver around 1 a.m. Monday on Interstate 10 near the 864 mile marker.

During the traffic stop, consent to search the vehicle was obtained and deputies found the drugs.

Deputies questioned the driver, identified as George Woods, 49, of Glynn, Louisiana, and his passenger identified as Joe Edward Jones Jr, 36, of Port Allen, Louisiana.  While deputies were talking to the men, Jones fled on foot from the vehicle and into the wooded area adjacent to Interstate 10.

A lengthy search of the area was conducted but Jones was not located.

Woods was arrested for possession of liquid codeine and possession of synthetic marijuana.  He was taken to the Orange County jail and bond was set at $70,000.

Sgt. Hogan said Woods has bonded out of jail.

Charges against Joe Edward Jones Jr. are pending.

Sgt. Hogan said Sheriff Merritt and the Orange County Sheriff's Office will continue to diligently combat the drug activities that occur in the neighborhoods and other areas of Orange County.  He asked that anyone with information to call the Orange County Sheriff's Office at 409-883-2612.


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