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Freshly baked pot brownies lead to 3 arrests

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DOWNSVILLE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Union Parish narcotics agents along with the parish's probation and parole officer seized more than five pounds of high-grade marijuana along with many firearms and ammunition in a Wednesday night raid.

Arrested and booked into the parish's detention center were Lance D. Caldwell, 59, Juneau, Alaska; Jason Lloyd Perdue, 29, of Downsville, and Jeffrey G. Tucker, 48, of Farmerville.

They were charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, illegal possession of a firearm in the presence of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond for each was set at $41,250.

Sheriff Dusty Gates said the department's Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs received a tip that some stolen marijuana out of California had been brought into the parish and a location was given.

An occupant of that residence, Perdue, had previous charges against him so the parish's probation officer accompanied the agents to Holmesville-Downsville area.

Agents reported that they could here people inside the residence scurrying around apparently trying to hide some of the evidence. When the agents entered with the probation officer they said a strong smell of marijuana brownies was dominate throughout the house. The brownies had been freshly baked, Gates said.

The sheriff also said that three loaded handguns and two loaded shotguns were located on a cabinet were the marijuana was being packaged. Agents said several bags were double-bagged with ground coffee between the outer and inner bags. They said that was to conceal the odor of the marijuana from K-9 units.

"They think that will keep the drug dogs from smelling the marijuana, but that's a fallacy," one of the agents said.

The double-bagging indicated they were going the move some of the drugs, agents said.

A total of six handguns, 11 long guns (rifles and shotguns) were seized along with more than 6,000 rounds of ammunition, Gates said. Also confiscated were digital scales and packaging equipment.

Agents said the street value of the drugs (some was a lower grade) would range from $1,200 to $2,800 a pound.

"I can assure the citizens of Union Parish that this office will continue to actively pursue major drug dealers. We want the drug culture to know they're not wanted in this parish," Gates said. "We want our citizens to have a safe place to live, work and raise their children."

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