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Accused drug dealers arrested after anonymous tip

Reginald Bell, Johnny Rankins (Source: EBRSO) Reginald Bell, Johnny Rankins (Source: EBRSO)
Cash and narcotics seized during search (Source: BRPD) Cash and narcotics seized during search (Source: BRPD)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

An anonymous tip about heroin trafficking led Baton Rouge Police Narcotics detectives to a trailer park on Airline Highway Thursday night. 

Police say they received information that a man known as "Blue" was trafficking heroin. Detectives saw "Blue" go into the residence, quickly walk out and walk to a vehicle. Detectives report they saw "Blue" conduct a hand-to-hand transaction. "Blue" then left the residence in a different vehicle.

Detectives stopped the vehicle and immediately went back to the residence.

They identified "Blue" as 31-year-old Reginald Lenard Bell. They also identified 42-year-old Johnny Ray Rankins, who also lives in the residence.

After consent to search the residence, police found Alprazolam, MDMA, Heroin, and Oxycodone. Police also found a 1 gram baggie of Heroin in Bell's pocket, and another 1 gram baggie of Heroin in his belly button. They also found more than $1,200 in Bell's pocket.

Both Bell and Rankins told officers the drugs did not belong to them, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

Both Bell and Rankins have been arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute heroin, Alprazolam, MDMA and Oxycodone. 

Rankins' bond has been set at $90,000. Bell's bond has not been entered into the system at this time.

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