Ascension Parish sheriff’s narcotics agents arrested a Gonzales man — out of jail on bail for pending drug distribution charges and living near Gonzales Middle School and Tee-Joe Gonzales Park — on heroin distribution and other illegal drug counts after an undercover sting.

Earlier this week, sheriff’s deputies purchased heroin from Moses Diggs, 33, at his home, 2004 S. Robert Road, in Gonzales and then returned to his house with a search warrant, deputies said in a news release Thursday.

Agents found Diggs packaging heroin in the house while four children between the ages of 8 and 12 were present, deputies said.

Diggs was arrested Wednesday and booked into Ascension Parish Prison near Donaldsonville on single counts of distribution of heroin, possession with the intent to distribute heroin, violation of uniformed controlled dangerous substances act and violation of a drug free zone and four counts of illegal use of controlled dangerous substances in the presence of persons younger than 17, deputies said.

Diggs’ home is within 1,000 feet of Gonzales Middle, which is in a drug free zone that prohibits illegal drug possession within 2,000 feet of the school, deputies said.

Children in Diggs’ home were placed with next of kin, deputies said.

Diggs is a convicted felon with multiple counts of battery on an officer, drug charges and aggravated flight from an officer dating back to 1999, deputies said. On April 28, Diggs, while he was living off Roddy Road outside Gonzales, was arrested on counts of distribution of heroin, possession with the intent to distribute heroin and drug paraphernalia.

He was later released on bail of $100,344.50, according to bail records.

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