SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — Louisiana authorities who arrested a drug suspect say they seized 1,852 silver bars along with some drugs.
Lt. Carl Townley of the Caddo Parish Sheriff's office says deputies have been investigating 38-year-old Sloan Jackson of Shreveport for about a month. He says they got a search warrant on a tip that he had returned to town with about a pound of methamphetamine.
Authorities say they found the meth hidden in a large candle in Jackson's car.
"It was a big ugly candle," Townley said. "One of my guys stuck a knife in it and said, 'Whoop! Something's there.'" He said the meth, wrapped in plastic bags and duct tape, probably took up about three-quarters of the candle.
Townley says the silver was hidden around Jackson's home. Sheriff Steve Prator and Shreveport Police Chief Willie Shaw said Wednesday the silver is worth about $35,000.
Townley says investigators believe the one-ounce ingots probably were bought to launder drug money.
Jackson was booked on several drug counts. It was not clear whether he has an attorney.