Eight arrested in drug bust near elementary school

After a two-month investigation, the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested eight people in a drug bust.

EBRSO narcotics investigated a drug trafficking operation (DTO) in the Baton Rouge area. Officials say the investigation began after agents received an anonymous complaint, which advised Donald Lacour, aka “Dumbway” and Markeith Smith were the leaders of the organization.

The complaint also stated the organization was using an apartment on Rio Drive next to Merrydale Elementary to sell drugs. Authorities say controlled purchases of crack cocaine and hundreds of hours of surveillance were conducted throughout the investigation.

As a result, EBRSO narcotics obtained search warrants for 11 locations in East Baton Rouge Parish and one in Livingston Parish.

On Nov. 1, EBRSO, along with numerous other agencies and divisions executed all 12 search warrants.

The following seizures and arrests are a result:

Seized

  • 19 grams of Fentanyl (Approx. street value $1,900)
  • 120 pounds of Marijuana (Approx. street value $240,000)
  • 3.2 grams of Crack Cocaine
  • 15 pressed meth pills
  • 7 pints of Promethazine syrup
  • Blender with fentanyl residue
  • Press with fentanyl residue
  • $9,740 (Pending seizure EBRSO)
  • $5,472 (Pending seizure LPSO)
  • Seized Firearms (9) and Ballistic Vest (1)
  • Glock 9mm handgun (reported stolen)
  • Glock .40 handgun
  • Glock .45 handgun
  • Glock .40 handgun
  • Taurus 9mm handgun
  • Smith and Wesson .40 handgun
  • Palmetto AR-15 pistol
  • Draco .762 AK Pistol
  • 1 ballistic vest
  • Glock .45 handgun (LPSO)

Arrested

Donald Lacour

  • Distribution of Schedule II Narcotics (3 counts, affidavit warrant)
  • PWITD Schedule I Narcotics (marijuana)
  • PWITD Schedule II Narcotics (2 counts, crack cocaine and fentanyl)
  • PWITD Legend Drug (promethazine)
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Illegal Carrying of a Firearm w/CDS
  • Illegal Carrying of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon
  • Violation of a Protection Order
  • Illegal Use of Body Armor
  • Violation of CDS Law in Drug Free Zone (within 2000 feet of school property)

Mitchell Johnson

  • PWITD Schedule I Narcotics (marijuana)
  • PWITD Schedule II Narcotics (2 counts, crack cocaine and fentanyl
  • PWITD Legend Drug (promethazine)
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Illegal Carrying of a Firearm w/CDS

Naajee Robinson

  • PWITD Schedule I Narcotics (marijuana)
  • PWITD Schedule II Narcotics (amphetamine pills)
  • PWITD Legend Drug (promethazine)
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Illegal Carrying of a Firearm w/CDS
  • Resisting an Officer

Sylvester Gray

  • PWITD Schedule I Narcotics (marijuana)
  • PWITD Schedule II Narcotics (amphetamine pills)
  • PWITD Legend Drug (promethazine)
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Illegal Carrying of a Firearm w/CDS
  • Resisting an Officer

17YO Juvenile

  • PWITD Schedule I Narcotics (marijuana)
  • PWITD Schedule II Narcotics (amphetamine pills)
  • PWITD Legend Drug (promethazine)
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Illegal Carrying of a Firearm w/CDS
  • Resisting an Officer
  • Juvenile Court Warrant (2 counts)

15YO Juvenile

  • Illegal Possession of a Stolen Firearm
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Juvenile Court Warrant (3 counts)

17YO Juvenile

  • Illegal Possession of a Stolen Firearm
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Arrested in Livingston

Markeith Smith

  • PWITD Schedule 1 Narcotics (marijuana)
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Illegal Carrying of a Firearm w/CDS

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