Bogalusa man arrested after drugs, weapons found at residence

Published 3:11 pm Wednesday, November 7, 2018

On Thursday, Nov. 1, detectives with the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force arrested Jonathan M. Brown, 29, a resident of Warren Street in Bogalusa. The arrest came after information of illegal drugs at the residence and the issuance of a search warrant, according to WPSO Chief Deputy Mike Haley.

When detectives arrived at the house along with a Louisiana Probation and Parole agent, they encountered a female in possession of a small amount of marijuana sitting on the front porch. The woman, identified as Deshontaire Foster, was later issued a misdemeanor summons for possession of the marijuana, Haley said.

Haley said that Brown came out of the residence and joined Foster on the porch. “Soon after, Foster ran inside the residence, closing and locking the door behind her,” Haley said. “Brown then attempted to block the officers from the door. He was unsuccessful as detectives forced their way into the house and began to search, discovering heroin, methamphetamine, marijuana, a .380 semi-automatic pistol and a .9mm semi-automatic pistol.”

Brown admitted the drugs and weapons were his, Haley said.

Brown was arrested and transported to the Washington Parish Jail charged with possession with intent to distribute heroin and methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of a firearm with a controlled dangerous substance present, being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and obstruction of justice. He remains in jail with bond set at $146,000.

Brown has been in the Washington Parish Jail four previous times, beginning with a 2007 arrest for possession of illegal drugs, Haley said. Subsequent arrests in 2007 and 2012 included possession with intent to distribute drugs, failure to appear in court and resisting a police officer with force or violence. Haley said there is no record of a previous Washington Parish arrest for Foster.

Sheriff Randy Seal commented on the search and arrest.

“A combination of illegal drugs and illegal weapons are a recipe for potential disaster,” Seal said. “We will never know what might have been prevented by this search, seizure and arrest. Our drug task force is to be commended for removing illegal drugs and one more drug dealer from our community.”