Baton Rouge drug bust results in 11 arrests; weapons, cash, narcotics seized _lowres

Baton Rouge police said officers seized narcotics, firearms and money in the Zion City area on Wednesday and Thursday. Some of the narcotics taken include marijuana, heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, mushrooms, LSD, hydrocodone and oxycodone. (Photo courtesy of BRPD)

Police arrested 11 Baton Rouge residents — and seized drugs, cash, guns and a grenade launcher — after a monthlong drug trafficking investigation in the Zion City area.

Officers seized firearms, $140,000 in cash and narcotics, including marijuana, heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, mushrooms, LSD, hydrocodone and oxycodone, said Cpl. L’Jean McKneely, a Baton Rouge Police spokesman.

Police also rounded up assault rifles, handguns, shotguns, rifles and a grenade launcher, McKneely said.

The 11 arrested on Wednesday and Thursday are:

  • Catherine Willoughby, 26, 9160 Contour Drive.
  • Cody Mack, 27, 10311 Plaza Americana Drive.
  • Sean Krieg, 29, 630 N. 6th St.
  • Russell Jefferies, 28, 630 N. 6th St.
  • William Creft Jr., 39, 6710 Cambridge Ave.
  • Ronnie Byrd, 38, 5248 Packard St.
  • Joshua Valley, 24, 5248 Packard St.
  • Eric Duncan, 40, 5332 Packard St.
  • Reginald Anderson, 35, of the 4000 block of Glen Oaks Drive.
  • Eric Polk, 30, 4912 Monarch Drive
  • Ricky Mitchell, 35, 4807 Packard St.

At least four of the suspects — Creft, Byrd, Valley and Duncan — are accused of running a drug operation together, McKneeley said.

When authorities executed a search warrant at Duncan’s house, they found him in the living room with the three other men, according to an arrest report. As police arrested him, Valley began eating a white powder substance they believe to be cocaine.

Along with nearly 25 grams of marijuana and a .40-caliber handgun, detectives found $103,581 in cash stashed in a dresser and in the wall of a bedroom closet, the arrest report says.