Franklinton residents are among those arrested for drugs

Washington Parish Sheriff's Office Drug Task Force detectives continue to work undercover throughout the parish making arrests for the possession or sale of illegal narcotics. Recent arrests in Washington Parish sent several persons to jail. Techniques utilized by the detectives include patrol, surveillance and following up on tips from concerned citizens.

Frankie Lee Crosby, Jr., 29, a resident of Parker Street in Franklinton, was booked into the jail March 28 on two counts of distribution of illegal drugs. He has been released after posting bond. This marked Crosby's 14th arrest in Washington Parish. Previous arrests, dating from 2007, were for a variety of charges including assault, possession of stolen property, possession of illegal drugs, distribution of illegal drugs, and failure to appear in court.

Derick Gatlin, 60, a resident of 13th Avenue in Franklinton, was booked into the jail April 2 on two counts of distribution of illegal drugs. He remains in jail with his bond set at $125,000.

Larry O'Neal Cotton, 52, a resident of Delta Lane, Franklinton, was booked into the jail April 2 on two counts of distribution of illegal drugs and contempt of court. He remains in jail with his bond set at $201,000.

Andra Tate, 37, a resident of 20th Avenue in Franklinton, was booked into the jail April 4 on two counts of distribution of illegal drugs, three counts of possession of illegal drugs, one count of possession with intent to distribute illegal drugs, and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. He has been released after posting bond. This is Tate's third visit to the Washington Parish Jail. Previous convictions in 2006 and 2009 were for possession with intent to distribute illegal drugs and violation of probation.

Tori Breanne Corkern Gonsoulin, 28, a resident of Highway 60 near Bogalusa, was booked into the jail April 6 on charges of cruelty to juveniles and distribution of illegal drugs. She has been released after posting bond.

Nicholes Gonsoulin, 31, a resident of Lee Road near Franklinton, was booked into the jail April 11 charged with conspiracy to distribute illegal narcotics. He was released after posting bond. Gonsoulin has eight additional arrests in Washington Parish since 2007 on a variety of charges including assault, criminal damage to property, criminal trespass, domestic battery by strangulation, criminal damage to property and contempt of court.

Jermaine Anders, 29, a resident of Annie David Road, Franklinton, was booked into the jail May 20 on charges of aggravated assault with a firearm, intimidating a witness, possession with intent to distribute illegal drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to appear in court. He was released after posting bond. Anders has five previous arrests in Washington Parish on a variety of charges including disturbing the peace, criminal damage to property, domestic abuse on a pregnant woman and three counts of failure to appear in court.

Drug Task Force detectives also arrested Chad Everret Carden, a resident of South Choctaw Road, on June 10. He was jailed for distribution of illegal drugs, possession of marijuana, two counts of false imprisonment, domestic abuse, aggravated flight from officers, criminal damage to property, failure to appear in court, and five traffic offenses. He remains in jail with his bond set at $107,550. Carden was in jail on two previous occasions in 2017 for driving while intoxicated, speeding and failure to appear in court.

Sheriff Randy Seal commented. "These arrests are fine examples of the work being done by our drug task force detectives. Many times, while the rest of us are at home sleeping, they are working to identify and arrest those persons who violate our drug laws. I commend them for their hard work and diligence in getting drug dealers out of our community. As you can tell from the description of the persons arrested, some of these folks appear to be career criminals who have never learned how to live as honest, hard-working citizens. As long as they continue to ply their trade, our narcotics officers will continue to pursue and arrest them. That is our job and we will continue to do it while I am your Sheriff."