7 arrested in narcotics raid at Donaldsonville barber shop
DONALDSONVILLE - Sheriff's deputies in Ascension Parish reported the arrest of seven individuals during a narcotics raid at a Donaldsonville barber shop Wednesday.
Deputies say urgency was added to the investigation when it was learned that the individuals were engaging in illegal drug activity at the business with a two-year-old present.
On Aug. 6, Louisiana State Police and APSO deputies executed a search warrant at Capital II Barber Shop, located in the 400 block of Mississippi St. in Donaldsonville. Narcotics detectives said they located about a quarter pound of marijuana throughout the building along with ecstasy tablets, tramadol pills, drug paraphernalia and $500 cash. An LSP K-9 Unit led law enforcement to a stolen hand gun concealed in a vehicle at the business.
36-year-old Joseph Nelson, of Gonzales, was the reported license holder of the business, according to detectives. 29-year-old Mark August, of Donaldsonville, and 27-year-old Vernon Mills, of St. James, were employed by the barber shop.
During the raid, detectives released a customer who was in the process of getting a haircut, accompanied by his two-year-old son. Nelson, August and Mills were arrested and booked on charges of intent to distribute marijuana, possession of MDMA, possession of Schedule IV CDS, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a CDS in the presence of a minor. Other individuals located in the business at the time of the raid were arrested on the same charges:
Levi Lewis, 25, 1040 Nolan St. in Donaldsonville.
Derrick Nicholas, 17, 603 Houmas St. in Donaldsonville.
Kenneth Parker, 23, 208 Charles St. in Donaldsonville.
Anthony Jackson, 20, 614 Houmas St. in Donaldsonville. Jackson was also arrested for possession of a stolen firearm.
No bonds have been set for the arrested parties at this time.