Baton Rouge police and fire briefs for May 11, 2014

Six arrested in narcotics raid at BR home

A raid on a Firethorn Drive home Thursday ended in the arrest of six men and the seizure of more than 800 grams of marijuana, Xanax and seven guns, including an SKS rifle, authorities said.

Baton Rouge police booked Meco Johnson, 31, 14321 Firethorn Drive, Baton Rouge, into Parish Prison on several drug and weapons counts as well as public intimidation and battery of a police officer. Dante Tyson, 36, 14321 Firethorn Drive, Baton Rouge, was booked on counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm with drugs and obstruction of justice, prison records show.

Four men — Quinton Amos, 21, 14754 Jester Ave.; Eric Downey, 23, 318 Glenmore Drive; Andrew Cox, 21, 14445 S. Holly St.; and Donald Johnson, 29, 14321 Firethorn Drive, all of Baton Rouge — were each booked on counts of resisting an officer. Amos also was booked on counts of possession of a firearm with drugs and distribution and manufacturing of Schedule I drugs.

Officers involved in the multi-agency raid learned from a confidential informant that there were drugs and weapons at 14321 Firethorn Drive, obtained a search warrant and searched the home with the help of a SWAT team and police dogs, according to an affidavit of probable cause for Meco Johnson’s arrest.

Meco Johnson made several threats to the arresting officer, saying, “I am going to kill you, you are a dead pig” and “your deputy is dead,” the affidavit says. He also tried head-butting one officer and kicked a dent in a door of one of the patrol units.

BR woman accused in husband’s stabbing

Baton Rouge police early Friday arrested a woman accused of stabbing her husband during a drunken argument.

Police booked Robin Badon, 9318 Martinique Drive, Baton Rouge, into Parish Prison on counts of aggravated second-degree battery and domestic abuse battery.

Police arrived at the home to find the victim on the floor with blood all around him, two stab wounds to a leg and a trail of blood leading up the stairs, the affidavit of probable cause says.

Upstairs, police found Badon under bedsheets with dried blood on her arms and a bloody knife on the TV stand, the affidavit says. She said she stabbed her husband in self-defense during an argument and didn’t call police for help because she “just wanted to sleep,” the affidavit says.

Authorities book six on suspicion of DWI

Authorities arrested at least six people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Friday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, booking records show.

Those booked and the counts against them:

  • Wilmer Beasley, 47, 3606 Mira Glen Drive, Pearland, Texas, first-offense DWI, stopping vehicle in the roadway and driver’s license suspended/revoked.
  • LaTonya Hamilton, 44, 4510 Paige St., Baton Rouge, second-offense DWI, driver’s license suspended/revoked and reckless operation.
  • Roberto Mercado, 38, 7505 Pennhill Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, insurance required, other laws of the road, reckless operation, careless driving, license plate required and motor vehicle inspection required.
  • James Pennington, 57, 1931 Southpointe Drive, Baton Rouge, second-offense DWI, failure to maintain control and reckless operation.
  • Patrick Ruffner, 31, 39048 S. Angelle Court, Gonzales, first-offense DWI and driver’s license suspended/revoked.
  • Ivory Turner, 28, 16720 Stephanie Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and reckless operation.

Compiled from staff reports. To talk to a crime reporter at The Advocate, call (225) 388-0369.