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BRAVE investigation leads to federal gun, drug charges

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Posted: Oct 12, 2012 11:08 AM by Russell Jones
Updated: Oct 12, 2012 6:56 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: baton rouge, arrest, investigation, charges, indictments, federal, state, police, BRPD, BRAVE

BATON ROUGE - Federal and state authorities announced charges and indictments today against more than a dozen people as part of investigations in northern Baton Rouge.

Authorities said 15 face federal gun and drug indictments, and all of them are in federal custody. An additional 11 arrests were made as part of the investigations for probation and parole violations, and police seized numerous firearms, ammunition and narcotics during their arrests.

U. S. Attorneys said the BRAVE program by Baton Rouge Police identified repeat offenders in the city who met federal guidelines for prosecution, and arrested six of them during an operation Thursday. Eight of the suspects have direct ties to the 70805 ZIP code in Baton Rouge, an area of the city which had some of the highest rates of violence and which BRAVE program was focused in.

News 2's Mike Steele was at the announcement and will be live with more information starting at noon.

Here is a list of the 15 people facing federal indictments:

  • Michael T. Early, 20, of Baton Rouge - felon in possession of a firearm
  • Gerald Johnson, 24, of Baker - marijuana possession, felon in possession of a firearm
  • Keonne Taylor, 24, of Baton Rouge - felon in possession of a firearm
  • Lazaar Alexis, 29, of Baton Rouge - felon in possession of a firearm
  • Adrian K. Thompson, 35, of Baton Rouge - marijuana, cocaine and alprazolam possession; felon in possession of a firearm; possessing firearm for drug trafficking
  • Kevin Brown, 41, of Baton Rouge - felon in possession of a firearm
  • Byron D. Carter, 29, of Baton Rouge - felon in possession of a firearm
  • Francisco Javier Yanez-Muniz, 21, of Baton Rouge - illegal alien in possession of a firearm
  • Damion L. Alexander, 23, of Zachary - felon in possession of a firearm, stolen firearm
  • Desmond J. Raby, 28, of Baton Rouge - marijuana, hydrocodone and alprazolam possession; felon in possession of a firearm; possessing firearm for drug trafficking
  • Antoine Montreal Brown, 28, of Baton Rouge - possessing firearm while under court order
  • Chrisopher Foster, 23, of Baton Rouge - felon in possession of a firearm
  • Derrick Pitcher, 42, of Baton Rouge - possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, lisdexamfetamine, and morphine; felon in possession of a firearm; possessing firearm for drug trafficking
  • Jeremy D. Banks, 32, of Baton Rouge - possession with the intent to distribute cocaine base; felon in possession of a firearm
  • Johnny Lynn Robertson Jr., 24, of Baton Rouge - felon in possession of a firearm

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