Ruston man arrested after search of home

A Ruston man is in custody after the Lincoln Parish Narcotics Enforcement Team executed a search warrant on his residence Monday.

Dennis M. Jones, 64, of Pecan Street, was arrested following the search which recovered crack cocaine, marijuana, a firearm, and numerous items used to package and distribute narcotics.

Officers approached Jones and asked him if there were any drugs in the residence. He replied crack cocaine and marijuana. In a search, crack cocaine was found on a digital scale and wrapped in a paper towel, marijuana in a backpack, MDMA (ecstasy) tablets, plastic bags for packaging, crack smoking pipes, and paraphernalia for “cooking” crack.

A .22 caliber handgun was recovered. Jones is a convicted felon and cannot possess a firearm, according to his arrest affidavit. The residence is within a drug-free zone because of its proximity to a church.

Jones was booked at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center for illegal possession of a firearm during a drug felony, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, violation of the controlled substances drug free zone law (2 counts), possession of drug paraphernalia, distribution of Schedule II drugs (2 counts), possession of a Schedule I substance with intent to distribute (2 counts), possession of a Schedule II substance with intent to distribute, .

Bail was set at $120,000.

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