Detectives make drug arrests in Geismar

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Ascension Parish Major Kevin Hanna reported three arrests following an investigation into illegal narcotics activity in the area of La. 73 and Interstate-10. Narcotics detectives suspected the activity was coming from a nearby trailer park on Pookey Lane off of C. Braud Road off of La. 73.

On August 10, narcotics detectives began conducting surveillance on the trailer park. On August 23, two weeks into the investigation, detectives observed two subjects walk from the trailer park onto Mission Street off of La. 73 and make what appeared to be hand to hand drug transaction with an unidentified black male in a vehicle who was parked in the middle of the street. Mission Street is a heavily populated area with a variety of businesses and vehicle traffic.

During the drug transaction narcotics detectives approached the two who were identified as Thomas Dotson and Scott Landry. Detectives found them in possession of crack cocaine and the two confessed to just purchasing it from the unknown black male who fled before detectives could detain him. The investigation is still ongoing into the identity of the black male who sold the drugs. Detectives then went to Dotson's home on Pookey Lane and searched for more drugs.

During the search they located a female in the home who was also taken into custody. She was identified as Barbara Stoker. Detectives seized additional crack cocaine, marijuana, Gabapentin pills, and drug paraphernalia in Dotson's home.

Thomas Dotson, 38, of 36612 Pookey Lane, lot 18, Geismar, was arrested and booked into the Ascension Parish Jail on charges of possession of schedule II (Cocaine), possession of a legend drug, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of schedule I (marijuana). His bond was set at $16,085 by Judge Holdridge.

Scott Landry, 40, of 36612 Pookey Lane, lot 19, Geismar, was arrested and charged with possession of schedule II CDS (cocaine). He was booked into the Ascension Parish Jail where his bond was set at $5,000 by Judge Holdridge.

Barbara Stoker, 48, of 36612 Pookey Lane, lot 18, Geismar, was arrested and charged with possession of schedule II (Cocaine), possession of a legend drug, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of schedule I (marijuana). Her bond was set at $16,085 by Judge Holdridge.

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 Crime Stoppers at 225-344-STOP (7867). To be eligible for a cash reward, you must call Crime Stoppers immediately.