Gonzales Man Gets 15 Years for Cocaine Distribution

          On May 4, 2017, Derrick Clark A.K.A. “Hollowtip” of 307 N Roscoe Ave. Gonzales, LA., age 31, pled guilty to Distribution of a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance (Cocaine) and Possession of 28 Grams or More, but Less than 200 Grams of Cocaine. Clark was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Lindsey Manda, and presiding over this matter was the Honorable Judge Tess Stromberg. This guilty plea was the result of a plea agreement with prosecutors following a 2015 narcotics operation. 

          On December 25, 2015, officers with the Gonzales Police Department executed a search warrant on a vehicle parked at a Gonzales residence located near the intersection of N Roscoe and W Bluebird Streets after receiving information that illegal narcotics were being sold from the vehicle. Narcotics agents received information that a male subject known in the streets as “Hollowtip” had recently sold a quantity of cocaine, and had more cocaine packaged inside of the vehicle. “Hollowtip” was later identified as Derrick Clark. During a search of the vehicle in question, which was registered to Clark, officers located and seized a large quantity of cocaine. Clark was subsequently arrested and booked into the Ascension Parish Jail. 

          Upon entering a guilty plea to the above mentioned charges, as per the plea agreement with prosecutors, Judge Stromberg ordered that Clark be committed to the Louisiana Department of Corrections for a period of 15 years on each count. It was further ordered that the imposed sentences are to run concurrent with one another.