DONALDSONVILLE, LA (WAFB) - A Donaldsonville man has been sentenced for possession of heroin, the 23rd Judicial District Court reports.
On March 21, 32-year-old Toran Munson pleaded guilty to the charge of possession with intent to distribute a schedule I controlled dangerous substance.
Shortly after 10 p.m. on October 7, 2016, an Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office deputy observed a vehicle traveling on Hwy. 1 in Donaldsonville with no headlights on. The deputy immediately pursued the vehicle before initiating a traffic stop near the intersection of W. Eighth St. and Pine St. Upon making contact with the driver and passengers, the deputy said they became suspicious of the way the occupants were acting.
The deputy removed the occupants from the vehicle one by one, and conducted brief pat down searches. The deputy found a large plastic bag containing a white, powder-like substance in Munson's pants pocket. Through further investigation, it was determined that the substance in the bag was suspected illegal narcotics.
Munson was subsequently arrested and booked into the Ascension Parish Jail. The bag of suspected narcotics was sent to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis. It was then determined the substance in the bag was approximately 40 grams of heroin.
The judge sentenced Munson to 17 years in prison, 10 of which are to be served without parole, probation, or suspension of sentence.