DONALDSONVILLE, LA (WAFB) - Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley says seven people were arrested on drug charges at a Donaldsonville business on Wednesday. The sheriff says the seven were engaging in illegal drug activity in the presence of a toddler.
Deputies received information that Capital II Barber Shop on Mississippi St. in Donaldsonville was a hub of drug activity.
Narcotics detectives executed a search warrant and found 1/4 pound of marijuana throughout the building, along with ecstasy, 20 tramodol pills, drug paraphernalia and more than $500 in cash.
Louisiana State Police K-9 made an alert on the vehicle of a suspect, from which the detectives recovered a stolen hand gun, said Sheriff Wiley in a news release.
Joseph Nelson, 36, of Gonzales, was the reported license holder of the business. Mark August, 29, of Donaldsonville, and Vernon Mills, 27, of St. James, were employees.
The new release states detectives released a customer receiving a haircut, who had his his two year old son with him.
Nelson, August and Mills were arrested for possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, possession of ecstasy, possession of schedule IV CDS, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a CDS in the presence of a minor.
The following individuals, who were located at the business, were arrested on the same charges:
Levi Lewis, 25, of Donaldsonville; Derrick Nicholas, 17, of Donaldsonville; Kenneth Parker, 23, of Donaldsonville; and Anthony Jackson, 20, of Donaldsonville were also arrested on the same charges. Jackson was also arrested for possession of a stolen firearm.
No bonds have been set at this time.