DONALDSONVILLE — After a four-month undercover investigation, Ascension Parish deputies arrested a Donaldsonville man Thursday on multiple drug counts involving marijuana, cocaine and heroin, said Chief Deputy Tony Bacala.
Romel Julien, 29, 306 W. Seventh St., Donaldsonville, was the target of the undercover investigation, Bacala said. Over the course of the operation, Bacala said, narcotic’s deputies purchased marijuana and cocaine from Julien on several occasions.
Deputies obtained a search warrant and searched Julien’s home shortly before midnight Wednesday and found a large quantity of cocaine, marijuana and heroin, along with drug paraphernalia and more than $1,000 in cash, Bacala said.
Three pit bulls at the home that hadn’t been given rabies shots, as required by the city of Donaldsonville, were also seized and taken to the local animal shelter, Bacala said.
Julien was booked into the Ascension Parish jail on counts of distribution of marijuana and cocaine, possession of heroin, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and three counts of not having the proper inoculation and registration required for possession of the dogs, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Office.
Bacala said Julien is a repeat offender with a history of multiple drug, weapon and battery violations dating back to 2005 and has been arrested more than 19 times. The Sheriff’s Office did not provide the dispositions in those cases.