An off-duty Cameron Parish Sheriff's deputy was arrested Tuesday night as Louisiana State Troopers found approximately 18 pounds of marijuana in his pickup truck.

According to Troop D spokesperson  Sgt. James Anderson, 28-year-old Derek Nothnagel of Lake Charles was pulled over for traffic violations while traveling on I-10 Eastbound in Sulphur. Nothnagel refused to let troopers search his 2004 Toyota Tundra, but a K-9 unit was brought in and alerted troopers to a large duffle bag containing marijuana.

Derek Nothnagel Photo Courtesy of Louisiana State Police
Derek Nothnagel Photo Courtesy of Louisiana State Police

Nothnagel was booked into the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center on the following charges:

  • possession with intent to distribute marijuana
  • use and sale of drug paraphernalia
  • improper lane usage
  • following too close
  • expired motor vehicle inspection decal

Troopers said a passenger in the vehicle, 24-year-old Taylor Nothnagel of Lake Charles, was questioned and released.  The investigation is continuing and additional charges are possible.



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