Couple accused of selling heroin to college students; children present during deal
POSTED: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 3:30pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 3:45pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — A Baton Rouge couple was arrested for allegedly selling drugs to college students. The officer who made the arrest noted that the woman’s three children were present during at least one of the drug transactions.
According to the arrest report, the investigation was launched after the Baton Rouge Police Department received multiple anonymous complaints regarding the couple’s activity at their home on West Grant Street.
During the initial surveillance, the arresting officer claims to have witnessed a “hand to hand” drug transaction in the front yard of the home. It is noted that three children were in the front yard when it happened.
The officer learned that the male suspect, Chad Casteel, 41, was known as “Fat Chad” to those who allege to have bought drugs from him. The officer followed his vehicle and conducted a traffic stop after witnessing several turns without the use of a turn signal.
Casteel was allegedly in possession of small amounts of crystal meth, and had $645 in cash. The man driving the car allegedly admitted that the two were on their way to buy more crystal meth. When questioned, Casteel told the officer that he did not intend to sell the drugs. Rather, they were for his personal use, along with his wife, Catherine Harold, 27.
On Tuesday, June 11, the officer spoke to Harold at the home she shares with Casteel. She allegedly told the officer that there were no drugs in the home and voluntarily allowed officers to conduct a search.
During the search, Harold allegedly went back on her statement and admitted that she knew Casteel was selling heroin, but she knew nothing about it.
Officers recovered two foil packets containing .44 grams of suspected heroin, three clear baggies containing 3.35 grams of marijuana, 31 dosage units of morphine, 7 dosage units of hydromorphone (dilaudid), two digital scales with residue on them, and two pipes that are suspected to have been used to smoke crystal meth.
Child Protective Services was called to the scene because the three children were inside the home during the search. The agent assigned to the case told the officer that they have an “extensive history” with Harold.
Casteel was arrested and charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute (schedule I and II). Harold was arrested and charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute (schedule I and II, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Cruelty to Juveniles. Both were booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Jail.