Six arrested in Donaldsonville drug sting, one suspect still at large

Six arrested in Donaldsonville drug sting, one suspect still at large
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POSTED: Tuesday, August 13, 2013 - 11:00am

UPDATED: Tuesday, August 13, 2013 - 1:32pm

Multiple people have been arrested following a two-week undercover investigation into drug dealers in Donaldsonville.

Ascension Parish Narcotics Detectives began the investigation on July 25.

On July 30, detectives saw Neilda Coupel making what appeared to be a drug transaction as she sat in her car in the parking lot of an unnamed local business in Donaldsonville. 

Narcotics detectives later stopped the vehicle Coupel was driving and found her to be in possession of heroin, hypodermic needles, and other drug paraphernalia.

During the course of this investigation, narcotics detectives were able to obtain an arrest warrant on Marishell “Koolaid” Ealem for Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin. Ealem was arrested on the outstanding drug warrant on August 10 and was booked into the Ascension Parish Jail.

On July 31 and August 1, undercover narcotics agents were able to make several purchases of Heroin, Cocaine, Morphine, Hydrocodone, and Synthetic Marijuana.

As a result of the undercover purchases of drugs, Ascension Parish Narcotics Detectives were able to obtain arrests warrants on the following street level drug dealers from Donaldsonville: Travis Foster, Aquendes Desira, Zachary Henry, Jeffrey Johnson, and Henry Knockum.

Coupel, 26, of Pierre Part, was arrested and charged with Possession of Schedule I CDS, Possession of Schedule II CDS, and Possession of Drug paraphernalia. 

Ealem, 27, of Donaldsonville, was arrested and charged with Criminal Conspiracy and Distribution of Schedule I CDS.  

Foster, 28, of Donaldsonville, was arrested and charged with Distribution of Schedule II CDS.

Desira, 22, of Donaldsonville, was charged with two counts of Distribution of Schedule I CDS and Distribution of Schedule II CDS.  

Henry, 27, of Donaldsonville was arrested and charged with Distribution of Schedule I CDS. 

Johnson, 34, of Donaldsonville, was arrested and charged with Distribution of Schedule I CDS, Distribution of Schedule II CDS, Possession of Schedule I CDS, and Flight From Officer.  

All were arrested with the exception of Knockum, who is wanted for Distribution of Schedule II CDS.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Knockum or of any illegal drug activity is urged to contact the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division at (225) 621-8350 or by texting 847411 to our anonymous tip line from any cellular device or by calling Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-STOP (7867). 

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