Ascension Parish sheriff’s deputies arrested a Donaldsonville couple in a prostitution sting on Friday and booked a third person accused of trying to cover up evidence at their home, where deputies found drugs, a revolver and a dog that had died.
Harold Butler, 31, and his girlfriend Jessica Normand, also 31, were booked after they arrived at a hotel in Gonzales for what they thought was a prostitution operation, said Maj. Kevin Hanna with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies had contacted Normand through a social media site for escort services, and she had agreed to meet Thursday — as long as her boyfriend could wait for them in an adjacent room, Hanna said.
When the two pulled up, Normand was arrested and later booked on counts of prostitution and felony contempt of court, while Butler was booked on a count of solicitation of prostitution for his role in transporting Normand, Hanna said. Butler has previously served time in federal prison on drug charges.
After the two were booked into prison, deputies learned that Butler allegedly called 22-year-old Marcus Wilson and told him to get rid of items at 1036 Nolan Ave. in Donaldsonville, where Butler lives with Normand, Hanna said.
Deputies arrived at the home to find Wilson inside, and he confessed to trying to take a 38-caliber revolver and some marijuana, Hanna said. After searching the home, deputies also found hydrocodone and “what appeared to be a deceased neglected dog,” Hanna said.
The findings led to Wilson being booked on a count of obstruction of justice and to Butler receiving new counts: illegal carrying of weapons, possession of marijuana, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and aggravated cruelty to animals.
Butler’s bond is $165,000, while Normand’s and Wilson’s have not been set.
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