Philadelphia Area Bus Driver Charged With Marijuana Drug Trafficking
July 13 (Philadelphia) - Attorney General Linda Kelly announced today 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, 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 lease for a storage locker at that location.
At the time of his arrest, Daudier was in full South Eastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) uniform and indicated to agents that he was cleaning out his storage locker on 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 $10,000 in cash from Daudier’s home in New Jersey along with a semi-automatic pistol. Additionally, agents located paperwork regarding the lease of a Bentley luxury car in the storage locker and identified Daudier as the owner of a late-model Porsche and a Mercedes. 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 drug possession. Daudier will be prosecuted by the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office.
Kelly 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 investigation.