Terrebonne Parish Sheriff, Tim Soignet, said that a traffic stop resulted in two people being arrested for Possession With Intent To Distribute Fentanyl Pills. Shortly before 10:00 PM on Tuesday 1-5-21 a Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office K-9 Deputy was patrolling on Hwy 90 in the Gibson area. This deputy made a traffic stop on a Nissan Titan truck for following too closely and having an expired registration sticker on the license plate.
The K-9 Deputy learned there were two occupants in this vehicle. They were later identified as (Driver) Javier Rojo-Garcia (26-year-old male from Cut Off, La) and (passenger) Erick Zuccolotta-Rendon (42-year-old male from Houma, La..). Both occupants were spoken to separately. They both showed signs of nervousness and had inconsistent stories.
Members of T.P.S.O. Uniform Patrol Division arrived to assist. The K-9 was utilized to sniff the exterior of the suspect vehicle. The K-9 showed a positive indication for the presence of narcotics. Due to this the vehicle was searched.
During this search, Deputies noticed multiple interior panels of this vehicle appeared to have been removed and reattached to the vehicle. Deputies located 5 separate bundles of suspected Fentanyl pills. Each bundle appeared to contain at least 500 Fentanyl pills. The total street value is approximately $125,000.00.
Both Erick Zuccolotta-Rendon and Javier Rojo-Garcia were handcuffed and placed in separate T.P.S.O. vehicles. Deputies continued to search the suspect vehicle.
While deputies were searching, Erick Zuccolotta-Rendon slipped out of his handcuffs, and squeezed through the partition that separates the rear seat and front seat of the T.P.S.O. vehicle he was secured in. Deputies extracted Erick Zuccolotta-Rendon from this vehicle as he was attempting to put the vehicle in drive to escape.
As a result of this investigation Erick Zuccolotta-Rendon was arrested for Possession With Intent To Distribute Fentanyl, Attempted Simple Escape, and Attempted Theft Of A Motor Vehicle. His bond was set at $100,000.00. Javier Rojo-Garcia was arrested for Possession With Intent To Distribute Fentanyl, Following To Close, and Expired Registration. His bond was set at $500,000.00.