July 13, 2012
Philadelphia area bus driver charged with marijuana trafficking during lunch break
HARRISBURG - Attorney General Linda Kelly today announced that agents from the Attorney General?s Bureau of Narcotics Investigations have filed criminal charges against a Philadelphia area bus driver accused of using his lunch break to pick up more than 100 pounds of high-grade marijuana, which he had allegedly arranged to sell to investigators.
The defendant is identified as Yves Daudier, age 43, who has residences in Yeadon, Delaware County, and Sewell, New Jersey.
Kelly said that Daudier was arrested on Thursday, July 12, at a self-storage facility on the 2200 block of Island Avenue in Philadelphia. Daudier is listed as the leasee for a storage locker at that location.
At the time of his arrest, Daudier was in full SEPTA uniform and indicated to agents that he was cleaning out his storage locker during his lunch break.
A search of Daudier?s vehicle resulted in the seizure of 104 pounds of marijuana -bundled in two large bales along with several large zip-lock bags, valued at $215,000. Agents also seized a large scale, similar to the scales used by law enforcement to weigh bulk quantities of drugs, along with an electronic money counter.
Kelly noted that agents also seized a Breitling watch worth several thousand dollars which Daudier claimed to have "found" on the bus. Additionally, agents located paperwork regarding the intended lease of a Bentley luxury car in the storage locker and also identified Daudier as the owner of a late-model Porsche and a Mercedes.
A total of $10,000 in cash and a semi-automatic pistol were seized from Daudier's home in New Jersey.
Kelly noted that the arrest of Daudier is part of an ongoing state, local and federal effort to address drug trafficking throughout the greater Philadelphia area.
Daudier is charged with conspiracy, possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, criminal use of a communications facility and knowing and intentional possession of a controlled substance.
Kelly said the investigation was the work of the Philadelphia DEA Group 8 Interdiction Unit and she thanked agents and officers from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Pennsylvania State Police, Philadelphia Police Department, U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for their cooperation and assistance with this joint task force.
Daudier will be prosecuted by the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office.
(A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty)
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