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SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Louisiana authorities who arrested a drug suspect say they seized 1,852 silver bars along with some drugs.

Lt. Carl Townley of the Caddo Parish Sheriff's office says deputies have been investigating 38-year-old Sloan Jackson of Shreveport for about a month. He says they got a search warrant on a tip that he had returned to town with about a pound of methamphetamine.

Authorities say they found meth hidden in a candle in Jackson's car. Townley says the silver was hidden around Jackson's home. Sheriff Steve Prator and Shreveport Police Chief Willie Shaw said Wednesday the silver is worth about $35,000.

Townley says investigators believe the one-ounce ingots probably were bought to launder drug money.

Jackson was booked on several drug counts. It was not clear whether he has an attorney.

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