A drug arrest by Bossier City police this past weekend and a subsequent investigation has lead to the seizure of more than $40,000 in cash and a quarter of a million dollars worth of jewelry with an appraised value of approximately $250,000.
On Saturday night, police responded to a call of a reckless driver in the 3800 block of Industrial Drive. Officers made contact with the suspect vehicle in a nearby parking lot. During the investigation the driver, 37-year old Michelle Kaye Bennett of Henderson, Nevada became disorderly with officers and was found to have a strong odor of alcohol on her person. After being placed in the back of a patrol car, Bennett proceeded to kick out a rear door window.
Upon searching Bennett’s vehicle with the assistance of a BCPD K-9, officers recovered one gram of cocaine and three valium pills along with a large sum of money and jewelry.
Bennett was booked into the Bossier City Jail on charges of possession of cocaine, possession of valium, criminal property damage, resisting an officer and disturbing the peace/drunk.
Bossier City police Narcotics Agents continued an investigation in the case and located addition cash inside the vehicle. In all, the recovered money totaled nearly $44,000 while a preliminary appraisal puts the value of the jewelry at $250,000. Police seized the money and jewelry along with Bennett’s vehicle, a 2007 Honda Ridgeline 4x4, under Title 40 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes which allows law enforcement agencies to seize property recovered in drug investigations.
Bennett has since been transferred to the Bossier Parish Maximum Facility. Her total bond is set at $11,150.