Officers arrest couple for selling drugs in parking lot of local business

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office Chief Tony Bacala reported the arrests of a Lafayette Parish duo on drug charges.

On Tuesday, August 20, Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office Narcotics detectives conducted an undercover operation and purchased a quantity of methamphetamine from Michael Musser and Theressa Cowart in the parking lot of an unnamed business in Gonzales. After undercover detectives purchased a quantity of methamphetamine from the duo, detectives attempted to make a traffic stop on the vehicle but Musser refused to stop. A short while later, detectives cornered the vehicle and located a loaded handgun in Cowart's waistband. After searching the vehicle, detectives found a digital scale, methamphetamine, marijuana, Tramadol, Butalbital, Symax, and Clonaazepam.

Mussler, 32, of 300 Rubria St., Laffayette, was arrested and charged with distribution of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, three counts of possession of a legend drug, possession of schedule IV CDS, resisting by flight, and resisting an officer. He was booked into the Ascension Parish Jail awaiting bond. Musser was also convicted of armed robbery and served 12 years in Angola Prison and was released in 2009.

Cowart, 22, of 300 Rubria St., Lafayette, was arrested and charged with distribution of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, three counts of possession of a legend drug, possession of schedule IV CDS, illegal carrying of a weapon, and resisting an officer. She was booked into the Ascension Parish Jail awaiting bond.

Anyone with information on illegal drug activity is urged to contact the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office Narcotics Division at 225-621-8350 or by texting 847411 to our anonymous tip line from any cellular device or by calling Crime Stoppers at 225-344-STOP (7867). To be eligible for a cash reward, you must call Crime Stoppers immediately.