Baker police, drug task force arrest two in drug raids

Officers with the Baker Police Department and the Delta Narcotics Task Force arrested two Baton Rouge men Thursday morning after searching their homes and finding crack cocaine, marijuana, digital scales and a semi-automatic pistol.

Members of the Delta Narcotics Task Force searched Kelvin Ronelle Johnson Jr.’s home at 2853 Tecumseh St., at 8:48 a.m., Baker Police Chief Mike Knaps said in a news release.

Officers found a small bag of crack cocaine, the gun, a digital scale and a bag of marijuana. Johnson, 35, admitted to officers that it all belonged to him and that he was selling crack cocaine to pay his child support bills, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

Johnson was booked with possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, being a fugitive from East Baton Rouge Parish, convicted felon with a firearm, possession of a firearm with drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia, Knaps said.

At 9:30 a.m., the task force searched 3345 Alliquippa St., and found a digital scale, a bag with two grams of marijuana and two bags of crack cocaine, according to an affidavit of probable cause. One of the bags of crack cocaine was hidden inside a VCR player.

The home’s resident, 29-year-old Tyree Cooper, was booked with possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, Knaps said.

Members of the Delta Narcotics Task Force include officers with the Baker Police Department, Zachary Police Department, Baton Rouge City Constables, East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff’s Office, East Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Office and the West Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Office.