September 01, 2022  |  02:06 pm

Two Alabama men were arrested after more than eight pounds of methamphetamine was found in their vehicle during a Slidell-area traffic stop.

On August 25, detectives with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on a Buick Lacrosse after the vehicle’s driver was observed violating several traffic laws on Interstate 10 near Slidell.

A search of the vehicle led to the discovery and seizure of nearly 8.68 pounds of methamphetamine and a .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun.

The driver, Eric Moseley Jr. (DOB 07-27-1986), and his passenger, Rusty Smith (DOB 11-16-1989), both residents of the Mobile area, were arrested and booked into the Saint Tammany Parish Correctional Center for Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine.

Moseley was also booked for Illegal Carrying of a Weapon While in the Presence of a Controlled Dangerous Substance.

“Too often criminals attempt to use our local highways and interstates as passageways to transport illegal drugs,” Sheriff Randy Smith said. “If you are found to be transporting drugs into or through St. Tammany Parish, you will be arrested.”