State Police: Man arrested with 29 grams of meth in vehicle; troopers find another 301 grams at his house _lowres

Corey Gardner, 24

A 24-year-old Baton Rouge man who allegedly had nearly three-quarters of a pound of methamphetamine in his pockets and in his home was arrested Wednesday by State Police detectives.

Louisiana State Police narcotics detectives discovered during an undercover investigation that Corey T. Gardner was distributing meth from his vehicle, said Sgt. Jared Sandifer, a State Police spokesman.

When troopers confronted Gardner Wednesday, they seized a loaded .40 caliber Glock handgun, about $1,400 in cash and found about 29 grams of meth, Sandifer said.

After Gardner gave troopers permission to search his home, they discovered about 301 more grams of meth, Sandifer said, bringing the total seizure to 330 grams. Sandifer said detectives estimate the street value of the drugs at roughly $33,000.

Troopers booked Gardner into Parish Prison on counts of possession with intent to distribute a Schedule II controlled substance and possession of a firearm with a controlled dangerous substance.