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Ecstasy trafficking bust in LaGrange could be largest in Georgia

By Mackenzie Patterson - email

LaGrange, GA (WTVM) -  LaGrange police confiscated about $1.5 million worth of ecstasy Friday night at the Greyhound bus station off Hoffman Drive in LaGrange. Sergeant Mark Cavender with the Special Investigations Unit said this could be one of the largest ecstasy seizures in the state of Georgia. 

The LaGrange Crime Suppression Unit, K-9 unit and other members of the police department conducted a random check of the buses at the station.  Sergeant Cavender said the Crime Suppression Unit regularly performs searches like this.

"Just completely random, and it is something the crime suppression unit does occasionally. They will go out and utilize the K-9s and just do the free air searches, the sniffs of the air around the bus and inside the bus for contraband," explained Sgt. Cavender.

The K-9 made the routine free air search around the outside of the bus and the inside of the bus.  During the search, the K-9 alerted on a bag inside the bus.

Police opened the bag finding about 33.5 pounds of Ecstasy.  Police said the bag had a total of about 79,600 pills inside.  The pills were all of different shapes, colors, and sizes.

The Special Investigations Units was then called on scene and took over the investigation.  Officials then identified a suspect, Yasmeen Fogle, of Columbus, as the owner of the bag.  Police said Fogle had a ticket from Atlanta to Columbus.

"It is known Interstate 85 is a hub for illegal drugs as wells as large sums of money that's drug money," said Sgt. Cavender.

After arresting and searching Fogle, police said they found her to be in possession of some crack cocaine. 

Fogle is currently being held at the Troup County Jail with no bond.  She is charged with trafficking MDMA, otherwise known as ecstasy, and possession of cocaine.

Sgt. Cavender said making such a huge drug bust makes a positive impact on the community.

"This is a large seizure that in my opinion it has put a dent in someone's drug trafficking business," explained Sgt. Cavender.

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