Update: Police say Reserve dealer arrested with high-grade marijuana, crack, guns

Published 3:17 pm Monday, November 23, 2015

RESERVE — A tip from the community led authorities to a drug investigation, police raid and, eventually, the seizure of crack, marijuana and guns in Reserve, authorities said.

Roynell Jones

Roynell Jones

“If the citizens give us a tip, then we can do our job,” St. John Sheriff Mike Tregre said. “That’s what we need, tips from the community. If they give us tips, we have consistently shown that we will take care of business.”

St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office narcotics detectives executed a search warrant Friday at a residence in the 100 block of East 20th Street in Reserve. The raid was the result of a four-day investigation that followed a tip from the public, Tregre said.

Detectives saw Roynell Jones, 26, conduct narcotics sales from the residence, Tregre said, adding those findings led to the search warrant.

“Upon a search of the residence, detectives recovered more than 200 grams of high-grade marijuana (estimated street value – $2,240), three grams of crack cocaine (estimated street value – $360), an AK47 assault rifle and a .357 magnum handgun,” Tregre said in a release.“Upon the arrest of Jones, detectives found marijuana and crack cocaine packaged for street level sales in his pocket.”

Sgt. Dane Clement said the suspect was living at the home with his mother and two children.

Detectives booked Jones with possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession with intent to distribute MDMA, sale, distribution or possession of a legend drug without a prescription, possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts of illegal carrying of a weapon with CDS, two counts of illegal use of CDS in the presence of persons under 17 and violation of uniform CDS law – Drug Free Zone.

Jones remains in custody in lieu of an $184,000 bond.

Clement described the drug transactions coming from the home as “street-level,” adding the investigation did not discover any drug manufacturing at the location.

Tregre said he has been to the neighborhood since the raid and has received thanks for getting the area cleaned up.

“It takes time and patience, so that when we (make an arrest,) we have a very good case on them,” Tregre said. “My deputies sit out there in the rain, in the cold, daytime and nighttime, doing almost 24/7 surveillance, and they will never see us. They are determined to get the job done. When this case is presented to the District Attorney’s Office, the perpetrator will probably take a plea — that’s how strong our case is.”

Authorities reported deputies arrested Jones Nov. 2 and booked him with possession of marijuana, possession of crack cocaine and distribution/manufacture of crack cocaine. He was released from jail Nov. 3 on a $14,000 commercial bond.

— By Raquel Derganz Baker