Following their arrest during a drug investigation at a Gainesville apartment on Wednesday, two suspects facing drug and firearms charges gave more details about what they say happened when Hall County drug enforcement officers searched the property.
Harold Gilbert, 36, of Gainesville, and Nikki Lasher Roulhac, 30, of Gainesville, were charged with possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute, possession of hydrocodone with the intent to distribute, possession of marijuana, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
After receiving a tip on possible drug activity at the location, Lt. Scott Ware of the Gainesville-Hall County Multi Agency Narcotics Squad said the unit had enough probable cause to obtain a search warrant for the apartment at 1627 Lenox Park Place in Gainesville.
Officers executed the warrant around 4 p.m. Wednesday, when Ware said agents located and confiscated quantities of cocaine, heroin, hydrocodone, methamphetamine and marijuana.
Ware said agents also seized packaging materials, digital scales, more than $7,000 and five loaded firearms, including four handguns and one shotgun.
Roulhac, who was released from the Hall County Jail on $15,000 bond, said she was not searched by authorities during the investigation.
“I was never searched, ever,” said Roulhac, adding “the only thing that was looked in” was her purse with only eyeglasses, a cellphone and a small pouch with cash inside.
Roulhac said that despite not having drugs on her, she was arrested on the same charges as Gilbert “just because.”
Gilbert, who was also released from the Hall County Jail on $15,000 bond, said authorities didn’t show him a search warrant before the investigation at the apartment leased under his name.
According to Roulhac, the search warrant was “left” by authorities but not shown to anyone prior to the search.
Roulhac said she lives at the apartment “off and on” but had been there for the last five weeks taking care of Gilbert as he recovered from surgery.
“I told them (the officers) that I was unaware of some of the things that were going on, particularly the weapons,” Roulhac said. “I didn’t know. They were put up. I hadn’t seen them. If you never see them, how would you know?”
Gilbert added that $6,100 of the $7,000 in currency that authorities took from the apartment was in his pocket during the search, and that the rest of the currency was $1 bills found behind a bookshelf where he and Roulhac would save money and change from their child’s piggy bank.
Ware said he could not comment on the suspects claims beyond what was sent in a press release following the arrest.
An attorney has not yet been assigned to Gilbert or Roulhac.
Myron Joshua Dooley Jr., 55, of Gainesville, was a third suspect arrested at the apartment and charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of heroin, possession of hydrocodone, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Dooley’s bond hearing is set for 9 a.m. Monday at the Hall County Courthouse.