Narcotics task force arrests 3

The Delta Narcotics Task Force arrested three people and seized a large amount of cash while conducting surveillance of a motel in the Harding Boulevard area of Baton Rouge, Baker Police Chief Mike Knaps said Thursday.

Knaps said the arrests stemmed from an investigation of alleged drug dealing by three people living at 5701 Groom Road in Baker.

Task force officers conducting surveillance stopped a car driven by John “Wu” McKneely, 36, about 4:15 a.m. Wednesday on a traffic violation and found 252 doses of hydrocodone, 104 units of roxicodone and $411.

Also arrested were Keirsten Alexander McKneely, 33, and Tiawanga McKneely, 34, all of the Groom Road address, Knaps said.

Inside John McKneely’s motel room, police found $32,176, 267 doses of hydrocodone and 33 doses of Soma, a muscle relaxer, Knaps said. The three were booked at East Baton Rouge Parish Prison with illegal possession with intent to distribute drugs.

John McKneely listed his address as 690 Blount Road, Baton Rouge; while Tiawanga McKneely listed a Sacramento, Calif., address and Keirsten McKneely gave her address at 6748 Pine Island Ave., Baton Rouge, according to booking records.

John and Keirsten McKneely are husband and wife, while John and Tiawanga McKneely are brother and sister, Knaps said.