Gonzales Man Pleads Guilty to Drug and Gun Charges in Assumption Parish

          On October 22, 2018, Jacee James of 39366 Hwy 621 Gonzales, LA., age 27, pled guilty to Distribution of a Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substance and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. James was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Lana Chaney, and presiding over this matter was the Honorable Judge Alvin Turner. This guilty plea was the result of a plea agreement with prosecutors following two separate arrests. 

          In December of 2016, during the course of an on-going narcotics investigation targeting street level drug dealers, undercover narcotics agents under the direction of the Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division purchased a quantity of heroin from Jacee James. Upon completion of the buy, the narcotics were submitted into evidence and a warrant of arrest was issued for James.  

          On December 26, 2018, a patrol deputy with the Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle after observing a traffic violation. Upon making contact with the driver of the vehicle, Jacee James, an interior search of the vehicle was conducted. During a search of the vehicle, the deputy located a loaded .380 caliber handgun. James, who has a prior felony conviction for narcotics possession, was arrested and transported to the Assumption Parish Detention Center where he was booked accordingly. At this time, James was also booked on charges associated with the earlier narcotics investigation. 

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