On March 21, 2017, Toran Munson of 905 Pine St. Donaldsonville, LA., age 32, pled guilty to the charge of Possession with Intent to Distribute a Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substance. Munson was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Charles “Chuck” Long and Lindsey Manda. Presiding over this matter was the Honorable Judge Tess Stromberg.
On October 7, 2016 shortly after 10:00 pm, an Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Deputy observed a vehicle traveling on Hwy 1 in Donaldsonville with no headlights. The deputy immediately pursued the vehicle before initiating a traffic stop near the intersection of W Eighth St. and Pine St. Upon making contact with the occupants inside of the vehicle, the deputy became suspicious of the way the occupants were acting. The deputy then removed the occupants from the vehicle one by one. For officer safety, the deputy conducted a brief pat down search of all occupants. While the deputy was conducting a pat down on Munson, he observed what appeared to be a large clear plastic bag containing a white powder-like substance in Munson’s pant pocket. Through further investigation, it was determined that the substance in the bag was suspected illegal narcotics. Munson was subsequently arrested and booked into the Ascension Parish Jail. The bag of suspected narcotics was sent to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis, where it was determined that the white powder-like substance in the clear plastic bag was heroin. The bag contained approximately 40 grams of heroin.
Upon entering a plea to the above charge, as per the plea agreement with prosecutors, Judge Stromberg ordered that Munson be committed to the Louisiana Department of Corrections for a period of 17 years with credit for time served. It was ordered that 10 years of the imposed sentence are to be served without benefit of parole, probation or suspension of sentence.