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March 14, 2024

Drug Dealers’ Mom Now Also in St. Tammany Jail

The mother of an individual arrested last week on drug charges is now also behind bars after detectives learned she was continuing her son’s illegal drug operation while he was incarcerated.

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Following the arrest of Allen Tate, Jr. last week, detectives with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Narcotics Division obtained information which led them to believe Tate’s mother, 38 year-old Monique Sagona, was in possession of a significant quantity of illegal narcotics, which she intended to sell with assistance from Tate who was still incarcerated in the St. Tammany Parish Correctional Center.

Further investigation led to detectives obtaining and executing a search warrant Thursday (March 12, 2024) at Sagona’s residence located in the 73000 block of Iron Street in the Hillcrest neighborhood of Abita Springs.

Detectives located and seized the following items at Sagona’s residence: 50 doses suspected LSD (acid), 0.7 grams of suspected cocaine, 12 chocolate bars suspected to contain psylocibin mushrooms, 332 grams of suspected psylocibin mushrooms, 4 dosage units of Vyvanse, 36 dosage units of counterfeit Adderall pills suspected to contain fentanyl, 6 grams of suspected heroin, 10 one-gram THC vapes, 1.57 pounds of suspected marijuana, and an assortment of drug paraphernalia.

Detectives ultimately confirmed Tate and Sagona were conspiring to continue Tate’s distribution of narcotics while Tate was incarcerated. Sagona was arrested and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Correctional Center on the charges of Possession with the Intent to Distribute Marijuana or Synthetic Cannabinoids (4 counts), Possession of Schedule II CDS (2 counts), Possession with the Intent to Distribute Schedule II CDS (3 counts), Possession with the Intent to Distribute Schedule I CDS (2 counts), Attempt and Conspiracy regarding the distribution of illegal narcotics, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Detectives also obtained an arrest warrant for Tate who was booked additionally for the following: Attempt and Conspiracy Regarding the Distribution of Illegal Narcotics

“This is not the kind of family business we want operating in our parish,” Sheriff Randy Smith said. “The detectives with our Narcotics Division are dedicated to getting illegal drugs out of neighborhoods. They do not simply make arrests, they continue to work cases until they uncover and arrests all individuals involved.”

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