Calcasieu

Jan 7, 2013 12:52 PM by KATC

C.A.T. team arrests three involved in undercover drug bust

According to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office, an accidental phone call to police by a person wanting to purchase drugs led to three arrest.

On December 28, detectives with the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T. Team) were contacted by Xavier L. Johnwell, 19, of Lake Charles, by accident. Johnwell stated he dialed the wrong number and that he was looking for "weed man," according to authorites. While speaking with Johnwell, he asked detectives if they knew where he could get some marijuana. Detectives advised Johnwell yes, they did and arranged to meet Johnwell at Brentwood Park on Illinois Street in Lake Charles to make the narcotic transaction.

At approximately 4:00 p.m., undercover detectives arrived at the park and observed three individuals later identified as Johnwell, Edmond J. Thorne, 19, and Kimberly A. Zeno, 21, all of Lake Charles, inside a car backed into a parking spot, according to authorites.

Detectives made contact with Johnwell, Thorne and Zeno and arrested them without incident. During a search for officer safety, detectives located a 380 semi-automatic pistol in the waistband of Johnwell and a .38 revolver in the rear of the car under the passenger seat in direct reach of Thorne.

All were booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery; conspiracy to commit armed robbery with a firearm; and conspiracy to possess CDS I (marijuana) with intent to distribute. Johnwell and Thorne were also charged with possession of a firearm with intent to commit a crime of violence.

Judge Kent Savoie set bonds for Johnwell and Thorne at $205,000 each; and set Zeno's bond at $190,000.

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