Crime Briefs

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Prairieville man pleads guilty following narcotics operation

On May 1, 2017, David Bryant of 18427 Kay Drive, Prairieville, 47, pled guilty to Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substance (Heroin) and Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance (Methamphetamine). Bryant was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Charles “Chuck” Long, and presiding over this matter was the Honorable Judge Tess Stromberg. This guilty plea was the result of a plea agreement with prosecutors following a January narcotics investigation in the Gonzales area.

On Jan. 23,members of the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division and the Gonzales Police Department conducted an investigation into the sale of illegal narcotics in an around the Gonzales area. During the investigation, detectives made contact with a male subject identified as David Bryant in the parking lot of the Supreme Inn located in the city limits of Gonzales. While interviewing Bryant, detectives conducted a pat down search of Bryant’s person for officer safety. During the pat down, detectives observed a hard case in his pocket. He told detectives that he had illegal narcotics in the case. Upon removing the case from Bryant’s pant pocket, detectives located a quantity of Heroin and Methamphetamine. Bryant was subsequently arrested and booked into the Ascension Parish Jail.

Upon entering a guilty plea to the above mentioned charges, as per the plea agreement with prosecutors, Judge Stromberg ordered that Bryant be committed to the Louisiana Department of Corrections for a period of four years on each count with credit for time served and are to run concurrent with one another.

Coleman pleads guilty to Cocaine possession

On May 1, 2017, Antonio Coleman of 11230 Nash Road, Gonzales, 45, pled guilty to Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance (Cocaine). Coleman was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Charles “Chuck” Long, and presiding over this matter was the Honorable Judge Tess Stromberg. This guilty plea was the result of a plea agreement with prosecutors following a January arrest.

On Jan. 24, officers with the Gonzales Police Department made contact with an individual identified as Antonio Coleman in Gonzales. Officers recognized Coleman from a previous complaint in which a warrant was issued for his arrest. Upon placing handcuffs, officers conducted a pat-down of Coleman’s person for officer safety. During the pat-down, officers located a clear plastic baggie containing crack cocaine and a glass pipe commonly used for smoking crack cocaine. He admitted to officers that he had swallowed another “crack rock” when he observed the officers and was transported to St. Elizabeth Hospital to be evaluated. Coleman was subsequently cleared by doctors and was transported to the Ascension Parish Jail where he was booked accordingly.

Upon entering a guilty plea to the above mentioned charge, as per the plea agreement with prosecutors, Judge Stromberg ordered that Coleman be committed to the Louisiana Department of Corrections for a period of five years with credit for time served.

Baton Rouge woman pleads guilty to Drug Charges in Ascension Parish

On May 1, 2017, Mckinsey Graham of 7063 Mellon Court, Baton Rouge, 26, pled guilty to Possession with Intent to Distribute a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance (Methamphetamine) and Possession with Intent to Distribute a Schedule III Controlled Dangerous Substance (Suboxone). Graham was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Charles “Chuck” Long, and presiding over this matter was the Honorable Judge Tess Stromberg. This guilty plea was the result of a plea agreement with prosecutors following a 2016 narcotics operation.

On Dec. 15, 2016, Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Agents were conducting surveillance near the Race Trac convenience store located near the intersection of US 61 and Hwy 73 after receiving information that a female subject would be delivering a quantity of Methamphetamine to an individual in the parking lot of the Race Trac. Upon getting a visual of the suspect, she exited her vehicle, and got into the passenger seat of a second vehicle. At this time, agents made contact with the individuals inside of the vehicle. Upon making contact with the individuals, agents observed the female subject identified as Graham to be in possession of a plastic baggie containing a quantity of Methamphetamine. Graham was removed from the vehicle with her purse, and detained. She was admitted to being in possession of Methamphetamine and said that she had placed it back into her purse. Agents searched Graham’s purse and recovered a quantity of Methamphetamine and Suboxone. Graham was subsequently arrested and transported to the Ascension Parish Jail where she was booked accordingly.

Upon entering a guilty plea to the above charges, as per the plea agreement with prosecutors, Judge Stromberg ordered that Graham be committed to the Louisiana Department of Corrections for a period of six years on each count with credit for time served and are to run concurrent with one another.

Donaldsonville man sentenced on Drug Charges

On Jan. 13, 2017, James Miles of 502 Front St. Donaldsonville, 39, pled guilty to Possession with Intent to Distribute a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance (2 counts) and Possession with Intent to Distribute a Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substance. Miles was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Lindsey Manda, and presiding over this matter was the Honorable Judge Tess Stromberg. Per Judge Stromberg, sentencing was deferred to a later date pending a Pre-Sentence Investigation.

On Jan. 14, 2016, narcotics agents with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office and Louisiana State Police executed a search warrant at the residence located at 502 Front St. Donaldsonville concluding a lengthy narcotics investigation into the distribution of illegal narcotics. Agents detained Miles and conducted a pat-down search of his person for officer safety. During the pat-down, agents located a large amount of cash money in his pant pocket that was later seized. During a search of the residence, agents located quantities of Crack Cocaine, Methamphetamine, and Marijuana. Upon agents advising Miles of his Miranda Rights, Miles claimed that the narcotics were his and stated to agents “Yall know what I do, it’s for me”. Miles was subsequently charged and booked into the Ascension Parish Jail.

On May 1, 2017, Miles appeared in court for sentencing. On the charge of Possession with Intent to Distribute a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance, Judge Stromberg ordered that Miles be committed to the Louisiana Department of Corrections for a period of 15 years at hard labor with credit for time served on each count. On the charge of Possession with Intent to Distribute a Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substance, Judge Stromberg ordered that Miles be committed to the Louisiana Department of Corrections for a period of five years at hard labor with credit for time served. It was further ordered that the imposed sentences are to run concurrent with one another for a total of 15 years.