Repeat drug offender roundup leads to 10 arrests
GONZALES - An undercover narcotics operation by sheriff's deputies in Ascension Parish over the past two months turned up 10 arrests of repeat drug offenders on both sides of the Mississippi River.
With months of investigation wrapping up, deputies moved to make their arrests this week, executing the roundup and bringing the following individuals into custody.
37-year-old Phillip Sanders, of Prairieville, was arrested at his residence on charges of distribution of heroin, distribution of cocaine, possession of a Schedule III CDS, possession of a CDS in the presence of a minor, possession of a firearm by convicted felon, possession of a stolen firearm and illegal carrying of weapons. He also had active warrants out for his arrest in an unrelated case. Investigators said this is Sanders fifth arrest on drug charges, and he has also been arrested for several felonies, including assault by drive-by, aggravated battery and domestic abuse battery.
While taking Sanders into custody, 41-year-old Patrick Williams, of Prairieville, was also placed under arrest after a brief pursuit on foot. He was charged with principle to the distribution of heroin, possession with the intent to distribute a Schedule II CDS, trespassing, resisting an officer and possession of drug paraphernalia. Deputies indicated this is Williams' seventh arrest on drug charges. Like Sanders, he has also been arrested numerous times on battery and assault charges.
Along with Sanders and Williams, 38-year-old Marty Mayers, Jr., of Geismar, and 35-year-old Brandy Gros, of Prairieville, were the third and fourth arrests made at the Prairieville home during the first leg of the roundup. Gros was taken into custody and charged with possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia, his third arrest on drug charges. Mayers was arrested on an active warrant for contempt of court. He had previously been arrested on battery and burglary charges, according the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office.
47-year-old Kimothy Batiste, of Prairieville, was arrested and charged with distribution of oxycodone along with an active warrant for contempt of court. This was Batiste's fourth arrest on drug charges.
45-year-old Dwayne Junior, of Donaldsonville, was arrested for distribution of cocaine. It was his fifth arrest on drug charges with previous arrests stemming from felonies including attempted second degree murder and burglary charges.
37-year-old James Miles, of Donaldsonville, was arrested on charges of possession with intent to distribute cocaine, hydrocodone and marijuana. He has previously spent time behind bars for drugs, weapons and battery charges.
39-year-old Eldgric Stewart, of Prairieville, was arrested for distribution of oxycodone. It was his sixth arrest on drug charges.
29-year-old Craig Encalade, of Prairieville, was arrested on charges of distribution of heroin, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. His seventh drug arrest, he has previously been arrested on battery charges.
21-year-old Angelisse Papizan, of Prairieville, was arrested for distribution of heroin. She has prior arrests on her record for theft.
Two Donaldsonville men now wanted by APSO deputies following the investigation, 34-year-old Gabriel Henry and 48-year-old Jimmy Lee Westley, remain at large. Henry is wanted for distribution of marijuana, and Westley is wanted for distribution of cocaine.
"Every one of these individuals bears the mark of a repeat offender. I look forward to a swift prosecution and substantial sentences in these cases," said APSO Sheriff Jeff Wiley of the arrests that came as a result of the investigation.
No bond has been set for any of the arrested individuals at this time.