LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) – Authorities say a Lafayette man wanted for distributing cocaine in Texas was arrested after taking officers on a brief high-speed pursuit earlier this afternoon. The suspect is also accused of possessing almost $400,000 in illegal narcotics.
Captain Dewayne Prejean, of the Lafayette Metro Narcotics Task Force, said officers detained Joseph Sanders Willis, 33, during a traffic stop on I-10 near Duson.
The suspect was able drive away, taking officers on a pursuit until they were able to stop him on Madeline Street in Lafayette.
Investigators found Willis in possession of 39,732 Milliliters of narcotic Promethazine syrup, according to Prejean.
Officials estimate the street value of the Promethazine at $397,320.
Willis was arrested on charges of: possession with intent to distribute schedule 5 narcotics, possession of marijuana, parole violation warrant for distribution of cocaine (Austin, TX), aggravated flight from an officer, and resisting arrest.