BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - One man is behind bars after the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office made a large drug and weapons bust on Tuesday, Nov. 12.
Officials say after a lengthy investigation, narcotics agents, with the assistance of DEA task force members, executed a search warrant at a home in the 2400 block of Desoto Drive. The home was searched after Brian Spears, 41, was taken in custody.
EBRSO says the following items were found in the house:
- 3.17 oz of heroin (street value of about $7,000)
- 2.6 g of methamphetamine
- 16 doses of alprazolam
- 2 doses of tramadol
- AK-47 pistol
- Glock .45 caliber handgun
Authorities say Spears has an extensive criminal record and is a convicted felon.
During the investigation, EBRSO say deputies found footage of Spears fighting dogs. Animal control was contacted, and a short time later, agents arrived to find eight adult pit bulls and four puppies. Animal control officials say Spears will be charged with dog fighting at a later date.
Furthermore, officials say three young children were found alone inside the home at the time of the bust. They were released into the custody of a family member.
Spears is charged with the following:
- Distribution of schedule I narcotics (heroin) - 3 counts
- Possession with the intent to distribute schedule I narcotics (heroin)
- Possession with the intent to distribute schedule II narcotics (methamphetamine)
- Possession with the intent to distribute schedule IV narcotics (alprazolam)
- Possession of schedule IV narcotics (tramadol)
- Possession of a controlled dangerous substance in the presence of a juvenile - 3 counts
- Possession of a firearm with controlled dangerous substance - 2 counts
- Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon - 2 counts
- Possession of drug paraphernalia