LAROSE — A Baton Rouge man was arrested in Lafourche Parish after allegedly burglarizing a pharmacy and making off with nearly $150,000 worth of prescription drugs.
Trent P. Rodrigue, 27, 8525 Cody Drive, was booked into the Lafourche Parish Detention Center after sheriff’s deputies recovered the stolen drugs in his vehicle, Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre said in a Tuesday news release.
A patrol deputy located Rodrigue’s vehicle just off La. 3162 about 3 a.m. Sunday with the vehicle’s engine running, music playing loudly and Rodrigue inside sleeping, the news release said.
The deputy discovered an open duffel bag on the passenger seat with a large amount of prescription bottles inside. Detectives also uncovered two garbage bags that contained large quantities of drugs stolen from the pharmacy, sheriff’s officials said.
Among the items discovered in Rodrigue’s vehicle were 86 bottles of hydrocodone, 23 bottles of oxycodone and 20 one-pint bottles containing liquid drugs.
Rodrigue was booked with simple burglary, third-offense driving while intoxicated and eight counts
of drug possession with the intent to distribute.
He was being held at the detention center in lieu of $217,500 bond.
Narcotics agents counted 13,291 individual pills, and placed the total street value of the drugs recovered at $149,159, the news release said.
Detectives later traced all of the recovered drugs to the Larose pharmacy, where they discovered broken glass at the location where they believe Rodrigue gained entry to the pharmacy.
Because Rodrigue had trouble standing or speaking upon getting out of his vehicle, he was transported to a hospital.