Luling drug dealer pleads guilty to charges

A suspected drug pusher in Luling from whom police seized a stash of nearly 1,200 grams of marijuana in April recently pleaded guilty to the charge of possession with intent to distribute Schedule I controlled dangerous substances.

Christian D. Populis, 29, of Luling, accepted that charge while a handful of others were dropped. Populis received a sentence of seven years, deferred, with the state Department of Corrections and five years active probation.

His probation conditions include undergoing mandatory substance abuse treatment that must be completed by Jan. 5 of 2016. He received a $500 fine and must pay a $60 monthly fee to the state Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

Populis was also facing charges of possession with intent to sell marijuana, PCP, liquid THC (liquid marijuana), synthetic marijuana (second offense), possession of a firearm with controlled substance, obstruction of justice and possession of drug paraphernalia. Those charges were dropped. An investigation earlier this year led deputies to 521 Kellogg Drive in Luling, where they were invited inside the residence and detected the smell of marijuana, according to Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Capt. Pat Yoes. They secured the residence and obtained a search warrant.

Officers confiscated more than 1,100 grams of ‘very high grade’ marijuana with a street value more than $23,000, Yoes said.

They also found two bottles of liquid THC, an amount of synthetic cannabis, packaging materials, a digital weight scale, 20 doses of PCP and a large amount of U.S. currency.

Additionally, while Populis was being booked, deputies found heroin in his possession, which resulted in an additional charge of intent to distribute, according to the Sheriff’s Office report.


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