Man who hid 5,000 Ecstasy pills in Froot Loops box stops trial with guilty plea
The West Monroe man who was arrested in October 2008 with 5,000 Ecstasy pills hidden in a Kellogg’s Froot Loops box faces up to 47 years in prison after pleading guilty today to three felony charges.
Fourth District Court Judge Wendell Manning set a May 10 sentencing date for Alvin Dubose, 32, who pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute Ecstasy, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute Ecstasy and aggravated flight from an officer.
His trial started Monday and jury selection was completed later in the night. “He decided to plead guilty as charged to all three counts before testimony started this morning,” said Assistant District Attorney Brandon Brown. “He’s already been sentenced to 140 months in federal court.”
Monroe attorney Charles Kincade is representing Dubose.
Dubose had pleaded guilty to two drug charges in U.S. District Court in Monroe in January 2009.
“This is a good example of our local people, the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Department, and the federal authorities working together to get this guy off the streets,” Brown said. “Metro Narcotics and the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) helped and the federal prosecutors did their job.”
Dubose was arrested in the early morning hours of Oct. 7, 2008 by Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Sgts. Stan Felts and David Crain along Interstate 20.
Fidgeting while watching Felts search his vehicle on the side of the highway, Dubose finally bolted for the driver’s seat after Felts popped the trunk where his Froot Loops box was.
A short pursuit followed, and at the end — after Crain rammed Dubose’s car and brought him out at gunpoint — deputies discovered the prize in the 12.2-ounce cereal box: the 5,000 Ecstasy pills.
It was a record bust for the department and the two deputies who had just been assigned to their full-time drug interdiction assignment by Sheriff Royce Toney.
State Police and West Monroe Police participated in the chase that ended near Stella Street in West Monroe, where the vehicle ran over a spike strip.
Felts said the pills originated in Houston and were bound for Ouachita Parish. If sold on the street they could have netted from $50,000 to $75,000, Felts said.
BY JOHNNY GUNTER
MARCH 9, 2010