5 arrested after La. authorities seize THC-filled pens and drug-infused candies in $600k+ drug bust

5 arrested in $600k+ drug bust in Ascension Parish

GONZALES, LA (WAFB) - Five people are now behind bars and over a half a million dollars worth of drugs are off the streets, according to law enforcement agencies from multiple parishes.

Officials with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office held a joint news conference Friday morning with the Gonzales Police Department and East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office to discuss the major drug bust.

Law enforcement seized three and a half pounds of marijuana, and over 700 THC-filled pens along with drug-infused candies.

APSO drug bust

Sheriff Bobby Webre says this was all possible through a joint effort with neighboring law enforcement.

“If something pops in Baton Rouge, it won’t be long before an agent calls them down here and says, ‘Hey here’s what we see and here’s what we hear and we understand there might be something going on in Ascension.’ Well we’ll run with that and that’s exactly what happened last night now,” said Webre.

The suspects are being charged with drug possession and distribution, as well as illegal carrying of weapons and firearms. Gonzales Police Chief Sherman Jackson says this caliber of drug bust helps keep families safe.

“It doesn’t take long for law enforcement to find out what drugs are and what they mean. They rip families apart, they lead to violence, so it’s our mission to try to stop it, convene in it, and slow it down,” said Jackson.

ELYMAS GREER, 21

  • 3 counts possession with intent to distribute schedule I
  • 3 counts illegal carrying of weapons
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • BOND: $1.2 million

MASON NICKENS, 20

  • 3 counts possession with intent to distribute schedule I
  • 3 counts illegal carrying of weapons
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Bond set at $900,000

SAMSPON NGUYEN, 22

  • 3 counts possession with intent to distribute schedule I
  • 3 counts illegal carrying of weapons
  • 2 counts possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Bond set at $1.2 million

CRAIG HOLLAND, 49

  • Posession with intent to distribute schedule I
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Bond set at $150,000

PATRICK VANLANGENDONCK, 44

  • 4 counts possession with intent to distribute schedule I
  • 3 counts illegal carrying of weapons
  • 2 counts possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Bond set at $1.2 million

Authorities say all men arrested are associated with each other. They are working to determine if others are connected in this case.

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