An accused drug trafficker from Lafayette was arrested after trying to escape from drug agents who had stopped him on Interstate 10.

Lafayette Police Officer spokesman Karl Ratcliffe says 33-year-old Joshua Willis was able to escape officers on I-10 before being taken into custody on Madeline Street in Lafayette.  Agents say he was wanted for a narcotics parole violation out of Texas and was allegedly in possession of 39,732 ml of Promethazine syrup (estimated street value of $397,320.00) that was contained in 7 Morton Grove PH, Inc. pharmaceutical boxes.

Willis was arrested on drug trafficking charges that include:

  • Possession with intent to distribute Schedule 5 CDS
  • Possession of Marijuana
  • Parole violation warrant for distribution of Cocaine out of Austin, TX

Additional charges include:

  • Aggravated Flight from an Officer
  • Resisting Arrest