Seven arrested, one at large after 3-day drug distribution investigation

Seven arrested, one at large after 3-day drug distribution investigation


Seven face drug charges, and one is still at large after a three day investigation.

On Monday, officers with the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office conducted a stakeout at the Gonzales home of Brandon Cooper, 17, as they suspected that illegal drugs were being distributed at the house.

During the investigation, officers saw a vehicle leave the house. Officers conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle where they found Micah Rousse, 19, in possession of marijuana, and Cooper, in possession of a controlled ADD medication.

The suspects admitted that the ADD medication was bought from 17-year-old Hunter Easley. Officers say that they found Easley at his Prairieville home and arrested him.

As the investigation continued into Tuesday night, detectives issued a search warrant on Cooper's home.

20-year-old Michael Brown, 20-year-old Corey Garner, 23-year-old Joemichael Taylor, 19-year-old Kelsey Salbador, and 17-year-old Breana Nolen were all found inside the home, according to Sheriff's Deputies.

Brown, Garner and Taylor were able to evade capture, with Brown and Garner being arrested early Wednesday morning. Officials say that Taylor is still at large.

Detectives say that they seized three handguns, $5,000 in cash, and about $8,000 of various types of drugs, including Xanax, marijuana, promethazine, and Butane Hash Oil. "This is the first time that we have seen [Butane Hash Oil] in our area," says Lt. Col. Bobby Webre.

All seven are facing various drug possession charges. Only Brown, Garner, and Taylor face weapons charges.

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