Roseland man gets 12 years for drug dealing
Amite- District Attorney Scott M. Perrilloux reports that 40-year-old Trenton Ballard, of Roseland, LA, pleaded no contest to possession with intent to distribute schedule II controlled dangerous substances-methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.
On September 18, 2019, Tangipahoa Parish detectives were attempting to locate Trenton Ballard due to an outstanding warrant. Detectives received information that Ballard was possibly at a residence in Kentwood, LA. Upon arrival, detectives noticed Ballard’s 2015 Jeep parked directly in front and observed Ballard and a female in the living room area through an open window to the right of the main entry door. Ballard is spotted fleeing further into the residence moments before authorities made entry into the residence. Ballard and the female were located in the master bedroom where both were detained and advised of their Miranda Rights.
Detectives requested permission to search the residence, at this time the homeowner gave verbal and written consent to search. Ballard escorted detectives to a bedroom inside of the residence and advised that a large amount of methamphetamine and approximately eight ounces of marijuana was inside of a brown paper bag under the bed. During a search of the master bedroom, detectives located a tan tactical bag with a large amount of U.S. currency which Ballard stated belonged to him and that it contained between five and six thousand dollars in cash.
Ballard was transported from the residence to the Amite Substation for further questioning. All evidence was collected and processed at the Amite Substation. While processing the evidence, it was discovered the total weight of the methamphetamine was approximately 559 grams and total weight of the marijuana was approximately 237 grams. The currency from the tactical bag was counted and totaled to $5,790.00.
Trenton Ballard was sentenced to 12 years with the department of corrections.
Assistant District Attorney Matthew S. Belser represented the State of Louisiana in the case; Judge Robert H. Morrison handed down the sentence.