HAMMOND, LA (WVUE) - The next time you crack open a cold beer in Tangipahoa Parish, you may want to think twice about where it came from.
On Wednesday, the Street Crimes Unit of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Department broke up a bootlegging ring selling stolen beer to a convenience store Hammond.
The bust happened at the Quicks Red & White store located at the intersection of Rufus Bankston Road and Wardline Road.
Detectives staked out the store after receiving a Crimestoppers tip. While there, they saw two men talking near the back of a parked car.
As detectives watched, one of the men removed cases of beer from the vehicle and sold them to the other man, later identified as the store manager.
The driver of the car, Robert Granger, 54, of Ponchatoula, was arrested for selling the stolen beer to Emad Zayed, 52, of Kenner, who was arrested.
When questioned by detectives, Zayed quickly admitted purchasing the beer.
When deputies and agents from the Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control searched the store, they found 34 cases of beer with no proof of purchase.
- Nine 24 packs of Bud Light
- 18 eighteen 24 packs Budweiser
- Four 18 packs of Corona Light
- Five 18 packs of Corona
- 30 Busch Light
Agents also found 10 more cases of beer from the trunk of Granger's vehicle.
The three also admitted to stealing 32 cases of beer seized during a search on Herman Johnson Lane last week.
The stolen beer was traded for drugs, deputies said.
Granger was charged with felony theft. His passenger, Denise Granger 31 was also charged with felony theft.
Another passenger, Sheila Sanderford, 47, also of Ponchatoula was also charged with felony theft.
Store manager Emad Zayed, 52, was charged with felony possession of stolen property.