Baton Rouge Man Arrested for Possession with the Intent to Distribute Fentanyl

Published 8:31 am Thursday, November 4, 2021

Baton Rouge –  Investigators with the Louisiana State Police Narcotics Unit and Louisiana State Police SWAT executed a search warrant at a residence on 75th Avenue in Baton Rouge, which resulted in the arrest of 60-year-old Bennie Selvage of Baton Rouge.

Over the past month, Investigators began investigating Selvage for distribution of fentanyl and heroin in East Baton Rouge Parish.  Based on information obtained from the investigation, Investigators were able to secure a search warrant for Selvage’s residence. As a result of the search warrant $6,798.70 in U.S. currency, a .38 caliber revolver, 43 grams of fentanyl, and 18 grams of marijuana were seized.  Selvage was in the residence at the time the search warrant was executed.

Selvage was arrested and booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison for violating the following statues: LRS 40:966 Possession with Intent to Distribute FentanylLRS 14:95E Possession of a Firearm with Controlled Dangerous SubstanceLRS 14:95.1 Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, and Fugitive from East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office (Failure to Register as a Sex Offender).

Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid that is similar to morphine, but is 50 to 100 times more potent. Fentanyl is one of the most common drugs involved in overdose deaths in the United States.  One kilogram of fentanyl could result in the death of 500,000 people. Citizens who observe suspicious activity in our local communities and across our state can report suspicious activity anonymously through the Louisiana State Fusion Center at http://lsp.org/help.html.