St. Amant church parking lot used for drug deals

A St. Amant man was arrested this week after allegedly dealing prescription pills out of a church parking lot.

Narcotics detectives with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office started looking into anonymous tips that drugs were being sold at a church near the Lake Martin area of St. Amant on May 16, Maj. Kevin Hanna said in a news release.

Four days later, while conducting surveillance, detectives stopped a vehicle driven by 38-year-old Mikel Arnold, of Denham Springs.

The deputies found Arnold in possession of Fentanyl and Meloxicam. His passenger, 51-year-old Audie Decoteau, was found in possession of a large quantity of Percocet pills.

Decoteau, of 14233 Billy Decoteau Road, had been arrested on counts of marijuana and drug paraphernalia possession on April 8, and he admitted to detectives that he had been selling pills in the parking lot, Hanna said.

Decoteau was booked into the Ascension Parish Jail on Monday on counts of Fentanyl distribution, Percocet possession and probation violation.

No bail had been set as of Wednesday.

Arnold also was booked on counts of possession of Fentanyl and Meloxican. He, too, remained incarcerated on Wednesday pending a bail hearing.