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Narcotics agents arrest four in Prairieville

4 years ago November 19, 2010 Nov 19, 2010 Friday, November 19 2010 Friday, November 19, 2010 1:39:45 PM CST in News
Source: Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office
By: Robin Heisser, Russell Jones

PRAIRIEVILLE- Sheriff's deputies arrested four people after a raid at an Ascension Parish mobile home that also netted drugs, weapons and hundreds of dollars in cash.

Deputies arrested Carl Tucker, Jr., as well as his brother Cole Tucker, 42-year-old Joe D. Samples and 28-year-old Niame Sanders.

The arrests came after a five-month investigation where narcotics were purchased from Tucker's home in Prairieville.  Investigators say the Tuckers went to great lengths to keep their operation hidden, including posting a lookout with a two-way radio that would direct buyers to the home, where armed guards would escort them in.

Because of that security, the APSO Special Operations Team was used to raid the location.  Investigators said the Tuckers were arrested trying to run from the home, while Samples and Sanders were arrested in vehicles that were either driving to the home or away from it.

Investigators said the Tuckers had around $1,900 in cash and two handguns on them, while Sanders and Samples were both arrested with illegal narcotics on them.

During a search of the home narcotics detectives also found and seized more than two ounces of crack cocaine, 20 grams of powder cocaine, nearly 20 bags of individually wrapped bags of Marijuana, and two digital scales.

The Tuckers and Samples were booked into the parish jail in suspicion of possessing drugs with intent to distribute; Sanders was booked in suspicion of just possessing drugs.

Carl Tucker, Jr., also had an extensive criminal history and was on bond from a previous drug arrest when the raid happened.

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