Four men arrested in Prairieville narcotics bust
Four narcotics arrests in Prairieville were made by the Special Operations Team of the Ascension Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Jeff Wiley reported Friday.
For the second time within five months, Wiley said the narcotics division along with the Special Operations Team conducted an extensive narcotics investigation where illegal narcotics were purchased over a period of time from Carl Tucker at a residence at 15344 Hwy 61 in Prairieville.
Detectives learned that each time drugs were sold by Tucker from the house, the drug buyer would first be greeted by a lookout, armed with a 2-way radio, standing near Hwy 61, Wiley said. The lookout would then direct the buyer to the home where the buyer would encounter a subject armed with a weapon at the front door. The drug transaction would then take place.
The narcotics division obtained a search warrant on Nov. 18 for the residence, and due to the armed security around the mobile home, a 16-man Special Operations Team executed the warrant, Wiley said.
The team approached the home late in the evening, and was met by Carl Tucker’s brother, Cole Tucker, who opened the front door holding a fully loaded Ruger 9mm handgun with the hammer cocked, Wiley said.
Cole Tucker dropped the weapon and ran back into the home, and the team made entry into the home in pursuit, tackling Tucker and taking him into custody. During a pat down a second weapon along with more than $700 cash was found on the suspect, Wiley said.
As Cole Tucker was taken into custody his brother jumped from the rear door of the home and was also immediately taken into custody team members covering the rear of the home, Wiley said. As Carl jumped from the mobile home a weapon fell from the waist band of his trousers, and more than $1,200 cash was found on his person, Wiley said.
As the team made entry into the home, Wiley said narcotics agents pursued a vehicle that was leaving the Tucker residence. The occupant of the vehicle, Niame Abdule Wadus Sanders of Baton Rouge, subsequently surrendered to detectives and was found to be in possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia.
Wiley said a vehicle also drove up to the residence and team members made entry, arresting the occupant, identified as Joe Dale Samples, and he was taken into custody in possession of cocaine, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.
A search of the home resulted in the seizure of more than two ounces of crack cocaine, more than 20 grams of powder cocaine, nearly 20 bags of individually wrapped bags of marijuana, and two digital scales.
Carl Tucker, Jr., 31, was arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, illegal carrying of a weapon, and resisting an officer. Tucker, who has an extensive criminal history including drugs and weapons violations, was currently out on bond stemming from an arrest dating back to July of this year where he was arrested by Ascension Parish narcotics detectives for an array of drug violations. Sixteen of his arrests have been felony arrest, Wiley said.
Bond for Carl Tucker was set at $425,603.
Cole Tucker, 23, also of 15344 U. S. 61, is charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, illegal carrying of a weapon, and resisting an officer. His bond is $325,603
Sanders, 28, of 1712 Mast Drive, Apt. B, Baton Rouge, was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Samples, 42, of 93910 Camp Drive, Prairieville, was arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He has an extensive criminal history including drugs, robbery, and battery. Eleven of his arrests have been felony arrest.
Bond for Samples is set at $225,326.50.