Man arrested in large drug, weapons bust also suspected of dog fighting

Man arrested in large drug, weapons bust also suspected of dog fighting
Brian Spears, DOB: 5/10/1978, is facing numerous drug and weapons charges. (Source: EBRSO)

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
While searching Brian Spears' home, narcotics agents with EBRSO reportedly found numerous drugs and guns.
While searching Brian Spears' home, narcotics agents with EBRSO reportedly found numerous drugs and guns. (Source: EBRSO)
Authorities seized two firearms from Brian Spears' home on Desoto Drive.
Authorities seized two firearms from Brian Spears' home on Desoto Drive. (Source: EBRSO)

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

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