CLINTON — Police arrested a man Friday accused participating in a drug transaction that resulted in the shooting death of a Clinton man on Aug. 8, a spokesman for Police Chief Eddie Stewart said Saturday.
In addition to several drug violation counts, Quinton Rashad Loyell, 30, 1763 McHugh Road, Baker, was booked at the East Feliciana Parish Prison on a count of manslaughter in the death of Isaac Simmons, 42, police Staff Sgt. James Cook said.
When police arrested Loyell, a former Clinton resident, Friday night, he had a “substantial amount” of marijuana in his car, along with scales and other paraphernalia used in selling marijuana, Cook said.
Officers seized the marijuana, Loyell’s car, $1,018 in cash and drug paraphernalia in the arrest.
Stewart said earlier this month that Simmons was hit by a bullet as he walked along the street where a drug deal, in which he was not involved, had turned into an armed robbery attempt.
Police later booked Jerald Matthews, 26, and Cordero L. Morgan, 25, both of Baton Rouge, with first-degree murder in Simmons’ slaying.
In addition to the manslaughter count, Loyell’s arrest warrant accuses him of distribution of cocaine, participating in a transaction involving drug proceeds and one count each of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and participate in a drug-proceeds transaction.
After his arrest, Loyell also was booked with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of currency involved in drug trafficking and possession of drug paraphernalia, Cook said.
Other arrests are expected.