Officers seize stolen guns, drugs in Baker

Police and East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies arrested a 30-year-old Baton Rouge man on drug and weapons counts Thursday after obtaining a warrant to search his Blount Road home, Police Chief Mike Knaps said in a news release.

Knaps said Baker and Sheriff’s Office narcotics officers obtained the search warrant after a narcotics investigation involving David Dwayne Hughes, of 4711 Blount Road, Apt. 13.

Narcotics officers and sheriff’s special weapons officers found six firearms, including five stolen from an East Baton Rouge Parish residence, Knaps said.

The weapons were four rifles, including an SKS assault-style weapon, a shotgun, a handgun and ammunition, Knaps said.

Officers also seized more than 40 pills, marijuana and two scales used for weighing drugs, the police chief said.

Knaps said Hughes, a felon because of a second-degree battery conviction, was booked at East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on six counts of a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, six counts of possession of drugs while in possession of a firearm, five counts of possession of a stolen firearm, possession of Schedule II and Schedule IV drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.

“While we speak about the gun control issue, it is the convicted felons like this guy who buy stolen street guns that are killing young people in the streets every day around this country,” Knaps said.

Knaps said he supports background checks for gun purchases but added, “They don’t really matter to guys like this.”