Friday, 10 October 2014 00:00

Drug Transport from Texas to Louisiana Busted, Body Shop Involved

Two men pleaded guilty in federal court to weapons and narcotics crimes on September 22. Donald "Duck" Jones Jr. and Stokley Austin were charged with trafficking cocaine out of a Marrero car dealership.

According to court records, the duo moved multiple kilograms of cocaine from Texas to Louisiana aboard customized vehicles from Austin's Platinum Imports.

Austin, 33, faces a minimum of 25 years in prison for conspiracy to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine and for crack cocaine and weapons charges. Jones, 33, faces at least 15 years, stated in reports by Andy Grimm, NOLA.com

A series of informants told DEA agents in a criminal complaint filed in 2013 that Austin was moving large quantities of drugs each week from Houston. The drugs were sold out of Austin's car lot and Jones' body shop in Destrehan.

The complaint also states that Austin paid "mules" to drive cars from his dealership to his suppliers in Texas, after screening the drivers for criminal records. He then registered the vehicles they used to move the drugs in the mules' names and followed the vehicles on their route.

Agents tailed one of Austin's shipments, and engineered a traffic stop where they impounded the vehicle after a search dog alerted on narcotics hidden in a compartment. The Volvo sport-utility vehicle was registered to the driver, but the previous owner was Austin's car dealership, according to reports by Grimm.

Court records say that a few weeks later, Austin broke into the DEA impound after locating the vehicle with a tracking device. When he realized it was a DEA site, he retreated.

Officials found more than two kilograms of cocaine, $45,000 in cash and a rifle and pistol upon arresting Austin and searching his home in 2013. They raided Jones' home on the same day and found another two kilos of cocaine, 269 grams of heroin, an AK-47 assault rifle and three pistols, Grimm reported.

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