Man arrested for selling heroin, woman also arrested during raid

Breanne Beasley (Source: EBRSO)
Breanne Beasley (Source: EBRSO)
Roderick Pondexter (Source: EBRSO)
Roderick Pondexter (Source: EBRSO)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A 28-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman are facing a handful of drug-related charges after a SWAT team searched a home located in a subdivision off of Joor Road.

According to the probable cause report filed by the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, the SWAT team executed a search warrant on Monday, Feb. 3 at the home on N. Ridgewood Drive.  When they entered the home, the male suspect, Roderick Pondexter, allegedly ran to the rear bedroom.

"SWAT member located Mr. Pondexter in the rear bed room attempting to grab a semi-automatic pistol (fully loaded 45caliber Ruger P345) with obliterated serial number)," a deputy noted in the report. "SWAT members had to order Mr. Pondexter on to the ground at gunpoint."

Deputies also located Breanne Beasley in the home, which is not listed as her home address. She allegedly confessed to using heroin within the past day. Pondexter, who is listed as the primary occupant of the home, also allegedly admitted to shooting heroin.

During a search of the home, investigators located 18 foil packs of heroin totaling 4.2 gm, various drug paraphernalia items, and a camouflage military grade body armor vest.

"The manner the heroin was packaged was recognized from training and experience to be consistent with distribution of the narcotics."

Pondexter, who is a convicted felon, was arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute schedule I (heroin), possession of schedule IV (promethazine), possession of gun with a controlled dangerous substance, firearm with obliterated serial number, felon in possession of a firearm, illegal possession of body armor, possession of drug paraphernalia, and obstruction of justice.

Beasley was arrested for the same charges, with exclusion of felon in possession of a firearm and obstruction of justice.

Both were booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. Pondexter's bond was set at $62,500. Beasley's bond was set at $45,000.

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