Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office seizes 100 pounds of cannabis

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South
Iberville Parish Sheriff Deputies display 100 pounds of marijuana seized in a traffic stop along Interstate 10 in north Iberville on Feb. 7. The cannabis is estimated to be worth $500,000.

PLAQUEMINE - The Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office Interstate Criminal Enforcement Division seized approximately 100 pounds of cannabis during traffic stop in north Iberville along Interstate 10 on Feb. 7, according to Sheriff Brett Stassi.

A drug dog discovered the marijuana during a search of the motor home that was pulled over.

Timothy J. Travarca, 51, 16257 Riverview Drive, Apple Valley, Calif, was arrested and charged with intent to distribute marijuana in excess of 60 pounds.

Stassi said the marijuana was a high grade of pot not seen often.

"This is not the home grown in the ground pot," Stassi said. "This is what is called hydro."

Hydro-grown cannabis follows the hydroponics method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions in water without soil and the marijuana is extremely potent.

Stassi said the street value of the pot seized is believed to be worth $500,000. He said runners like Travarca take chances on a "suicide run" with hopes of hitting it big but eventually end up getting caught.

Travarca was booked into the Iberville Parish Jail.