Accused kidnapper arrested after drug trafficking complaint

Accused kidnapper arrested after drug trafficking complaint

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A man wanted for allegedly holding a woman and her two children hostage earlier this year, two separate times, was arrested Thursday after police say they caught him in possession of drugs.

Around 8 p.m. Thursday, Baton Rouge Police officers arrived to a home on Geronimo Street after a citizen complaint came in, saying people were trafficking cocaine there.

When officers arrived, they saw a woman standing at the closed front door. She told police she did not live there, but was waiting on someone. While the officer was speaking to the woman, 22-year-old Deandre D. Gautier opened the front door and the officer reports of smelling a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the home.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Gautier seemed surprised to see a police man standing there. When the officer walked inside, reports say several people were sitting around and the officer saw a digital scale that had a clear, plastic bag on top of it containing a substance.

The officer placed Gautier and another man in custody. When Gautier was searched, the report says he had approximately one gram of marijuana in his possession.

During the investigation, it was learned Gautier was wanted on charges of second degree kidnapping, simple battery, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

He was also a fugitive from the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office for charges of aggravated assault with a firearm and illegal possession of a firearm by a felon. Gautier was convicted of possession of marijuana and aggravated second degree battery in 2009.

Gautier was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison where he is awaiting bond.

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