Task force shuts down pot grow operation
MANDEVILLE - The St. Tammany Parish Narcotics Task Force said they seized 19 marijuana plants, grow operation equipment and prescription pills from a Mandeville home late last month.
Task force members said they received a tip that Deshun "Scooby" Jones, 25, was growing marijuana at his Cedarwood Dr. home in Mandeville and began observing the suspect.
Detectives said they observed Jones selling marijuana at a nearby carwash and arrested him after following him back to his residence.
While task force members were conducting their search, Jones' roommate Kimberly Carlson, 21, arrived home and was arrested after additional evidence of the drug operation was discovered in her vehicle.
Jones provided a fake name at the jail and was later found to be a fugitive out of Mississippi, according to law enforcement.
Deshun Jones is charged with the manufacture and possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest, and misrepresentation during booking.
Kimberly Carlson is charged with manufacture and possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, altering a controlled dangerous substance, and possession of synthetic marijuana.
Both were booked into St. Tammany Parish Jail.