Donaldsonville man arrested after drugs found in unoccupied house where he was hiding, the Sheriff’s Office reports _lowres

Richard Gauthier

A Donaldsonville man was arrested Friday on several drug-related counts after Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division detectives found cocaine and hydrocodone pain pills in a home where he was hiding, Sheriff Jeff Wiley said.

Detectives were patrolling in Donaldsonville when they saw Richard Gauthier, who had a bench warrant and an outstanding arrest warrant, standing at the corner of Front and Nolan streets, Wiley said in a news release.

As detectives approached, Gauthier ran into a nearby, unoccupied home, where he was found and arrested on the bench warrant and outstanding arrest warrant.

A further search of the home by detectives turned up $2,000 worth of the pain medicine hydrocodone, along with cocaine, marijuana, synthetic marijuana and scales, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Gauthier, 20, of 505 Orange St., Donaldsonville, was booked into the Ascension Parish Jail on Friday on two counts of resisting an officer, criminal trespassing, two counts of possession with intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance, possession with intent to distribute marijuana and synthetic marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia, the Sheriff’s Office report said.

Bail was set at $66,228.