Nine people arrested in drug bust

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On July 27, 2017 Members of Metro Narcotics Unit responded to 1701 University #7 in reference to a tip about large amounts of narcotics being taken into the apartment. 

The caller stated that there are multiple “Bikers” at this location breaking the narcotics down for distribution.

The caller stated the drugs are being stored and sold from that apartment and the residence of 2000 Filhol, Monroe, LA; agents began a surveillance.

During the surveillance multiple males were seen coming in and out of these two locations. These men were all wearing what appeared to be identifiers consistent with outlaw motorcycle biker club’s indicative to their club and/or state. (Black leather vest with patches of their organization).

During this surveillance a traffic stop was conducted on one of the vehicles leaving the home of 2000 Filhol.

The driver, Donyell Williamson (California) and passenger Brian Koch (Washington) were arrested for marijuana possession and possession of a stolen firearm; both were booked into the Ouachita Parish Correctional Center. Subsequent search warrants were obtained for the residences of 2000 Filhol and 1701 University Apartment #7.

Monroe Police SWAT assisted Metro Narcotics in serving the search warrants. During the search warrant seven more persons were arrested. Joseph D. Hodges (Monroe), Stacey Laturco (Monroe), Eric Haynes (Monroe), Johnny Thomas (California), Kerry Storm (Oklahoma), Pernelle Watkins (Nevada) and Latisha Williamson (California). The search warrant yielded crack cocaine, pain pills (Lortab and Xanax), high grade marijuana and seven firearms. It was discovered that the group belonged to the Outlaw Motorcycle Gang known as the “Chosen Few”.

All male arrestees had black leather vest depicting the gang’s patches/logos representing their rank and/or chapter from which they represented. Investigation revealed that Joseph Hodges is the local member of the outlaw biker gang.

The residences search both are determined to belong to Hodges. A total of nine motorcycles were seized for asset forfeiture as a result of this investigation.

The following is list of charges that each person was arrested for:

Doneyll Williamson

Possession of marijuana

Possession of a stolen firearm

Brian Koch

Possession of marijuana

Possession of a stolen firearm

Joseph Hodges

Possession with intent of marijuana

Possession with intent of crack cocaine

Illegal carrying of a firearm

Possession of firearm by a convicted felon

Eric Haynes

Possession with intent of marijuana

Kerry Storm

Possession with intent of marijuana

Latisha Williamson

Possession with intent of marijuana

Stacey Laturco

Possession of Lortab

Johnny Thomas

Possession with intent of marijuana

Pernelle Watkins

Possession with intent of marijuana

This investigation was conducted by Metro Narcotics however it would not have been possible without the help of the Louisiana State Police, Ouachita Parish Sheriff Office SCAT, Monroe Police SWAT, West Monroe Police Department and the DEA.

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