4 arrested in Gonzales for meth distribution, gun charges
GONZALES - Sheriff's deputies in Ascension Parish say they have arrested four individuals Wednesday on an assortment of charges including drug distribution and weapons charges.
A joint investigation over the course of two months carried out by undercover detectives from the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office and Louisiana State Police led to the arrests. During the investigation, detectives were able to buy methamphetamine from a woman identified as 31-year-old Denise Alvarez at a residence on Bourgeois Road.
APSO detectives and State Police executed a search warrant at the home and seized about 2.5 pounds of meth, marijuana, ecstasy and records of drug sales transactions. Other drug paraphernalia including drug packaging, scales and pipes were also turned up during the raid. Detectives also seized $2,000 in cash, two vehicles and five weapons, including three handguns, one rifle and a shotgun. Two of the handguns turned out to be stolen.
Three other individuals were in the residence with Alvarez when detectives were searching the residence, and they were also taken into custody on drug charges.
31-year-old Denise Alvarez, of Gonzales, was arrested and charged with distribution of methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, illegal carrying of weapons, possession of drug paraphernalia and illegal possession of a stolen firearm.
30-year-old Quinton Hall, of Gonzales, was arrested and charged with illegal carrying of a weapon, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, second offense possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
27-year-old Kevin Purdue, of Baton Rouge, was arrested and charged with illegal carrying of weapons, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, illegal possession of a stolen firearm and possession of drug paraphernalia.
31-year-old Shannon Covington, of Gonzales, was arrested and charged with illegal carrying of weapons, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, illegal possession of stolen firearm and possession of drug paraphernalia. This was Covington's tenth arrest with other arrests stemming from simple burglary, theft and drug charges.
All four were booked into the Ascension Parish Jail.
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