On April 4, 2017, Joel Quezaire of 603 Houmas St. Donaldsonville, LA., age 62, pled guilty to Possession with Intent to Distribute a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance. Quezaire was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Charles “Chuck” Long, and presiding over this matter was the Honorable Judge Tess Stromberg. This guilty plea was the result of a plea agreement with prosecutors following an investigation into a 911 hang-up call in Donaldsonville.
On December 22, 2016, Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a residence in Donaldsonville following the sheriff’s office communication center receiving a 911 hang-up call. Upon arrival, deputies attempted to make contact with someone at the residence, but were unsuccessful. Deputies observed two subjects sitting in a parked car in front of the residence. Upon making contact with the individuals in the car, deputies detected a strong odor of marijuana. Deputies instructed both individuals to exit the vehicle and continued the investigation into the 911 hang-up call. Prior to interviewing the subjects, deputies conducted a pat down search of both subjects for officer safety. During the pat down of one of the subjects, identified as Joel Quezaire, deputies located multiple plastic baggies containing crystal meth. Upon deputies locating the narcotics, Quezaire admitted to being a meth dealer. Quezaire was subsequently arrested and booked into the Ascension Parish Jail.
Upon entering a guilty plea to the above charge, as per the plea agreement with prosecutors, Judge Stromberg ordered that Quezaire be committed to the Louisiana Department of Corrections for a period of 7 ½ years with credit for time served.