On March 5, 2018, Brandy Mitchell of 1324 S Shirley Ave. Gonzales, LA., age 33, pled guilty to Possession with Intent to Distribute a Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substance, Illegal Use of a Controlled Dangerous Substance in the Presence of Minors, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Marijuana or Synthetic Cannabinoids. Mitchell 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 a joint narcotics investigation between the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office and Gonzales Police Department.
On December 7, 2017, narcotics agents with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office and Gonzales Police Department executed search warrants at the residences of 1317 and 1324 S Shirley Ave. During the searches of the residences, agents located quantities of heroin and marijuana. Agents also located two digital scales commonly associated with the packaging and sale of illegal narcotics. Agents were able to connect Mitchell to the narcotics located at both residences. During the execution of the search warrants, an 8-year-old child was present. Mitchell 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, Mitchell was sentenced to 5 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served.