Multi-agency operation results in drug seizure; suspect sought

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

On Thursday morning, July 25, Louisiana State Police Narcotics agents and SWAT team members along with officers from the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office and the Assumption Parish Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant at 201 Madewood Drive in Donaldsonville. The search warrant was the culmination of a multi-agency investigation into a known heroin dealer in the Donaldsonville area, and yielded productive results towards the unrelenting fight against drug-related activities.

Through investigative efforts it was learned that 31 year old Donaldsonville resident Kelly Derrell Jones (B/M, DOB 1/23/1982) was dealing heroin in the Ascension Parish area. Investigators secured a search warrant for Jones' residence, and upon execution located 5 firearms (one of which was stolen), $4,000 cash, approximately 2 grams of heroin, approximately 5 grams of marijuana, approximately 1.5 liters of Promethazine with codeine, as well as numerous Hydromorphone, Roxicodone, Opana, Oxymorphone, and Lortab pills.

Jones was not present at the time of the search of his residence. However, Investigators have secured an arrest warrant through the 23rd Judicial District Court charging Jones with Possession with intent to distribute heroin, Possession with intent to distribute Schedule II, IV, and V narcotics, Illegal possession of a firearm in the presence of a controlled dangerous substance, Controlled dangerous substance in the presence of a juvenile, Possession of stolen firearm, and Possession with intent to distribute marijuana. Upon being located Jones will be booked into the Ascension Parish Jail on the above listed charges. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Jones is asked to contact Louisiana State Police at (225) 925-6006, or their local law enforcement agency.

It was only through the combined effort of all the organizations involved that led to the success of the operation. Louisiana State Police will continue to develop strong working relationships with law enforcement agencies across the state in the on-going effort to curb narcotics violators. If citizens have information on suspicious activities, the Louisiana State Police online reporting system is available to the public through a convenient and secure reporting form. Citizens can access the form by visiting and clicking the Suspicious Activity link. That form is then submitted anonymously to the appropriate investigators.