4 arrested in Gonzales heroin distribution investigation

Sheriff’s detectives arrested four Ascension Parish residents following a week-long investigation into a heroin distribution ring, the Ascension Sheriff’s Office reported Friday.

Detectives who searched the Gonzales residence of Craig Encalade Jr. on Wednesday discovered heroin and marijuana that were packaged for sale, Maj. Kevin Hanna said in a news release. Detectives also seized prescription pills, a loaded handgun and drug paraphernalia.

Encalade, 27, of 2704 S. Remy Robert Road, was booked into the Ascension Parish Jail on several counts of drug possession and distribution, as well as illegal carrying of a weapon.

Sheriff’s detectives also arrested Amy Hughes, 36, 7212 Ernest Floyd Road, and Teya Young, 23, 2704 S. Remy Robert Road, both of Gonzales; and Randall Millet, 25, 47868 Amite River Road, St. Amant.

Hughes, Young and Millet, who were in Encalade’s residence when detectives arrived, also were booked on drug possession and distribution counts. Millet faces prosecution on additional counts of illegal weapons possession and prior charges of theft of goods, careless operation and resisting an officer.

All four suspects remained in the parish jail Friday in lieu of bond, which was set at $160,342 for Encalade, $10,342 for Hughes, $26,118 for Young and $146,710 for Millet, according to the news release.

Anyone with information on illegal drug activity is asked to contact the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division at (225) 621-8350 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-STOP(7867).