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Gonzales Man Pleads Guilty to Drug and Firearm Charges

          On September 10, 2018, John Davis Jr. of 41040 Busy Needles Rd. Gonzales, LA., age 32, pled guilty to Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Distribution of a Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substance, and Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance. Davis was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Joni Buquoi, and presiding over this matter was the Honorable Judge Jason Verdigets. This guilty plea was the result of a plea agreement with prosecutors following three separate arrests.

           On December 11, 2015, deputies with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a local motel after receiving reports of a disturbance in progress. Upon arrival, deputies made contact with the parties involved. Deputies interviewed the individuals on scene and were able to determine that John Davis who had a prior conviction for robbery, caused the disturbance and was in possession of a handgun. The handgun, a Smith & Wesson 9mm, was located nearby and Davis admitted to possessing it during the disturbance. Davis was subsequently arrested and booked into the Ascension Parish Detention Center.

           On December 4, 2017, as part of an on-going narcotics investigation, narcotics agents with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office purchased a quantity of heroin from a subject identified as John Davis Jr. Following the purchase, agents obtained a warrant of arrest for Davis for Distribution of heroin.

           On December 22, 2017, narcotics agents with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office were assisting Sheriff’s Office personnel along with members of the Gonzales Police Department with an investigation at the residence located at 41040 Busy Needles Rd. Gonzales. Upon making contact with Davis at the residence, he was detained due to having an active bench warrant. After being detained, Davis advised one of the officers on scene that there were illegal narcotics inside of the residence which belonged to him. Narcotics agents obtained a search warrant for Davis’ residence. During the search of the residence, agents located a quantity of drugs including methamphetamine. Davis was subsequently arrested and transported to the Ascension Parish Detention Center where he was booked on charges stemming from this incident along with charges stemming from the December 4th narcotics investigation.

           Upon entering a guilty plea to the above-mentioned charges, as per the plea agreement with prosecutors, Davis was sentenced to 10 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served.