Deputies Seize over $17,000 in Cash and Narcotics after Man Attempts to Flee from Traffic Stop

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced the arrest of a Vacherie man after he dumped several bags of narcotics while fleeing from a traffic stop on Thursday. Blair Michael Dumas (32, B/M) faces multiple charges after deputies recovered over $17,000 in drugs and cash following his arrest.
 
At around 11:45 a.m. on Thursday, October 30, a deputy on patrol in the Thibodaux area initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle for speeding near the intersection of LA Highway 1 and LA Highway 309. The deputy made contact with the driver and identified him as Blair Dumas. During the stop, Dumas returned to his vehicle and fled the scene heading south on LA Highway 309, reaching speeds of around 80 miles per hour. The deputy followed and observed Dumas throw several bags of suspected narcotics from the vehicle. Dumas eventually stopped on LA 309, and he was taken into custody.
 
Several LPSO deputies, detectives and narcotics agents responded to the area to assist in recovering the bags which had been thrown from the vehicle over a span of about four miles. Officers from the Thibodaux Police Department, Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office, and Louisiana State Police also responded to assist. Deputies recovered a several plastic bags containing a combined total of 448.7 grams of suspected high-grade marijuana which has a street value of approximately $8,600. They also recovered 23.7 grams of cocaine (street value of $2,370), 19.4 grams of crack cocaine (street value of $1,940) and $4,478 in cash. The grand combined total of cash and street value of narcotics recovered was $17,388.
 
Dumas was transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux where he was booked with Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Cocaine, and Crack Cocaine, as well as Aggravated Flight from an Officer, Obstruction of Justice, and speeding. He is being held in lieu of $135,100 bond as set by Judge Jerome J. Barbera, III. Dumas has been on parole since 2012 and is being held for Louisiana Probation and Parole.
 
This is the second arrest in as many days wherein deputies discovered thousands of dollars in narcotics while investigating traffic violations. On Wednesday, deputies conducting a seat belt checkpoint in Bayou Blue discovered over $3,000 in suspected high-grade marijuana and cash after stopping a driver for an improperly restrained child.
 
Sheriff Craig Webre noted the effectiveness of traffic enforcement as a proactive crime-fighting method. "When a deputy conducts a traffic stop for speeding or a seat belt violation, drivers sometimes criticize the deputy for not going after 'real criminals,'" said Sheriff Webre. "These back-to-back incidents show just how important traffic enforcement can be as a proactive way of fighting crime. In these cases, violations for a child restraint and speeding led to thousands of dollars of illegal drugs taken off our streets."

Deputies Seize over $17,000 in Cash and Narcotics after Man Attempts to Flee from Traffic Stop

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