A tip about marijuana plants seen growing in the backyard of a Baton Rouge house led to the arrest Friday of two men and the seizure of a large stash of drugs, according to the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies had been conducting surveillance at 9042 Winding Lake Ave. since late April after a narcotics investigator received a tip that marijuana plants were growing in the backyard, according to a Sheriff’s Office report.
After obtaining a search warrant, a deputy on nearby Gardere Lane pulled over a vehicle that had been seen leaving the house and found Julius Frelix, 51, in the passenger seat, the report says. The report does not identify the driver.
Frelix and Larry Turner, 42, both live at the Winding Lake house, where deputies found Turner inside a few minutes later, the report says.
While searching the house, deputies found 55 one-pint bottles of codeine syrup stuffed in duffle bags in a bedroom where Turner’s 13-year-old son was sleeping, the report says.
Turner told deputies he and Frelix had bought the syrup recently in Houston. Turner claimed “it was not real and identified all bottles as ‘herbal tea’” that he’d been selling, the report says.
Frelix admitted to planting the marijuana in the backyard, and said he and Turner had been drinking from a partially filled bottle of codeine syrup that was left on the kitchen table when deputies arrived, the report says.
In addition to marijuana and codeine syrup, deputies seized promethazine hydrochloride, Xanax, Oxycodone, ecstasy, digital scales, $1,385 in cash and two handguns in the search, according to the report.
Both men were booked into Parish Prison on Saturday. Frelix’s bond is set at $30,000 bond and Turner’s at $52,500, online booking records show.