Alton Pines, 47, of Ponchatoula, has pleaded guilty to numerous narcotics charges and has been sentenced to 15 years with the department of corrections, District Attorney Scott Perrilloux said.
Assistant District Attorney Le’Anne Malnar represented the State of Louisiana, and Judge Brenda Ricks handed down the sentence.
Pines pleaded to possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession with intent to distribute schedule I controlled dangerous substances- heroin, and two counts of possession with intent to distribute schedule I controlled dangerous substances.
Agents with the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division had bought purchases of marijuana and heroin from Alton Pines in a controlled undercover operation, Perrilloux said.
Pines had been the center of an ongoing narcotics investigation suspected to be distributing heroin and marijuana in the area.
Two confidential sources met with agents at a predetermined destination and were supplied with audio and video recording equipment. The agents sent the confidential sources to the target location on Sisters Road in Ponchatoula and watched them arrive at Pines’ residence.
The sources notified agents when the drug deal was complete, and agents tracked their vehicle until it arrived back at the secure location. All evidence was collected to be processed by the Louisiana State Crime Lab.
On Aug. 16, 2018, Pines was seen on surveillance handing the CS a clear bag of marijuana in exchange for U.S. currency. On Aug. 23, 2018, Pines was seen gathering a black bag from under a broken-down vehicle in the yard along with a digital scale that was secreted in another part of the broken-down vehicle.
Pines then sat in a separate vehicle and began to weigh and package up the heroin for the CS’s to purchase. A large amount of heroin was observed on his lap along with a scale.
On Sept. 8, 2018, and Sept. 26, 2018, Pines was seen on surveillance conducting hand-to-hand narcotic transactions with the confidential sources for heroin and marijuana.
On Oct. 1, 2018, narcotics agents with the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office and Hammond police served a search warrant a the address on Sisters Road for Pines and his involvement with controlled purchases of heroin and marijuana there.
When authorities arrived there, Pines was seen getting out of a silver Mercedes, the same vehicle he had used during narcotics transactions seen on surveillance. Agents quickly approached and detained him.
Law enforcers went to the vehicle where Pines was standing and noticed a large bag of heroin. They handcuffed him and took him to the Tangipahoa Parish Jail.