Gonzales police arrest four in two separate drug busts

Staff reports
Ricky Bordelon

The Gonzales Police Department conducted extensive surveillance resulting in two separate drug related arrests on Oct. 22 and Nov. 1., Police Chief Sherman Jackson Tuesday.

A tip provided by the community led to the Oct. 22 arrest of Reginald E. Henry and Tiffany S. Lomas after the Narcotics Division served a search warrant for a residence located at 1311 N. Willow St.

Jackson said the police department activated its Special Operations Reaction Team to serve the warrant. Authorities found Henry, Lomas and two small children at the house, and learned that Henry is a convicted felon with an extensive history of violent crimes, the chief said.

While conducting the search, detectives found a quantity of marijuana, cocaine, MDMA, and prescription medication throughout the house, Jackson said. Detectives also discovered a semi-automatic handgun.

Both Henry and Lomas were booked into the Ascension Parish Jail on numerous drug violations, including possession of a firearm and possession of a controlled dangerous substance in the presence of persons under 17 years of age.

The Nov. 1 arrests came after a 10-month long investigation by the Narcotics Division in the Bayou Villa residential subdivision off Cornerview Road.

Authorities first received information in January of this year that Jessica Cedotal Petrig of 217 S. Oleana Avenue was selling marijuana from her home, Jackson said. Detectives arrested Petrig and Rickey Scott Bordelon at the residence for possession of marijuana at the time.

The chief said that within weeks after the arrest, the Narcotics Division received information that Petrig was still conducting drug transactions from the residence.

Acting on the tip, police conducted “countless hours of surveillance” before narcotics officers obtained a search warrant for the residence, Jackson said.

During the residence search, detectives found a quantity of marijuana throughout the residence, Jackson said.

Officers booked Petrig into the Ascension Parish Jail for possession with intent to distribute marijuana and second-offense possession of marijuana.

Bordelon was also booked into the jail for second-offense possession of marijuana.

Reginald Henry