GONZALES — Ascension Parish sheriff’s deputies arrested four people on drugs and illegal weapons counts Tuesday after detectives spotted their unoccupied car illegally parked in a handicapped parking spot at a convenience store off La. 30.
Once the four got in the 2000 Ford Taurus and drove off, detectives pulled them over on La. 30 and found the driver, John Johnson, 43, 39209 Vindez Road, Gonzales, was wanted on charges of failing to appear in court, sheriff’s Maj. Kevin Hanna said.
Detectives also found heroin, drug paraphernalia and two firearms in the car, Hanna said in a news release.
One of the weapons, a handgun, was reported stolen from another parish and was found in the possession of Jonquill Muse, 29, 727 W. Worthey Road, Gonzales, inside the car, Hanna said.
Deputies refused Thursday to identify the store where the car had been parked, saying only that it is off La. 30 in the Gonzales area of Ascension Parish.
In addition to John Johnson and Muse, Hanna said deputies arrested Raelynn Johnson, 22, of the same address on Vindez Road as John Johnson, and Landarrius Alverez, 26, 103 Stacy Ave. He said all four were booked Tuesday into Ascension Parish Prison near Donaldsonville on counts of heroin possession.
John Johnson also was booked with counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, parking in a handicap lane, no turn signals and three counts of failure to appear in court, Hanna said.
Raelynn Johnson also was booked with possession of drug paraphernalia and illegal carrying of weapons, Hanna said.
Alverez also was booked with possession of a firearm by convicted felon, illegal carrying of a weapon and possession of drug paraphernalia, Hanna said.
Muse was booked with possession of stolen firearm, illegal carrying of a weapon and possession of a firearm by convicted felon, Hanna said. All four remained in jail Thursday awaiting the setting of bail, Hanna said.
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