— A Gonzales man was arrested Thursday night after narcotics detectives with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office found close to 100 marijuana plants growing in his home, said Chief Tony Bacala.

Bacala said the number of plants is unusual.

“Certainly you don’t see big groves like this often,” Bacala said.

Ronald Fuselier Jr., 39, of 13158 Harold Road, Gonzales, was booked into the Ascension Parish Jail on counts of cultivation of marijuana, possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Office. Bail has not been set.

The Sheriff’s Office was tipped off to possible marijuana growing operations at Fuselier’s home by the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, Bacala said.

On Thursday night, when narcotics detectives with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office went to Fuselier’s home to investigate, there was a strong smell of marijuana there, Bacala said.

Coming back with a search warrant, detectives found approximately 100 marijuana plants growing in the home, with equipment and chemicals related to the operation, he said.

Bacala said on Friday morning that the Sheriff’s Office hadn’t yet evaluated the street-value of the plants, if the marijuana had been processed and sold, but said “it would certainly be thousands of dollars.”