Deputies: Dealer admits selling drugs in church parking lot

Audie Decoteau (Source: ASPCO)
Audie Decoteau (Source: ASPCO)
Mikel Arnold (Source: APSO)
Mikel Arnold (Source: APSO)

ST. AMANT, LA (WAFB) - Ascension Parish Sheriff's Deputies arrested two men after a week-long investigation into a report that a white male was selling drugs in the parking lot of a church.

Deputies say they began investigating after an anonymous tip came in that a man was selling drugs in the church parking lot in the Lake Martin area of St. Amant.

The investigation led detectives to 51-year-old Audie Decoteau of the Lake Martin area. During the course of the investigation, records show that Decoteau was arrested on April 8, 2013 for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. At that time, he was released on a $1,085 bond.

During their surveillance, detectives stopped a vehicle driven by Mikel Arnold from Livingston Parish. Decoteau was a passenger in the vehicle. Decoteau was found to be in possession of Percocet pills. The driver, Arnold, was in possession of Fentanyl and Meloxicam.

As a result of the investigation, Narcotics detectives also charged Decoteau with distribution of Fentanyl. Decoteau also admitted to selling Percocet pills in the church parking lot.

Audie Decoteau was charged with distribution of schedule II CDS (Fentanyl), possession of schedule II CDS (Percocet), and probation violation. He was booked in the Ascension Parish Jail where no bond has been set.

Mikel Arnold, 38, of Denham Springs, was charged with possession of schedule II CDS (Fentanyl), and possession of a legend drug (Meloxicam). He was booked in the Ascension Parish Jail where no bond has been set.

Anyone with information on illegal drug activity is urged to contact the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office Narcotics Division at 225-621-8350 or by texting 847411 to the anonymous tip line from any cellular device or by calling Crime Stoppers at 225-344-STOP (7867).

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