No-knock search of Labadieville man’s home finds suspected marijuana and a gun, Assumption Sheriff’s Office reports _lowres

Kendell Jones

A narcotics probe by the Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office led to the search of a Labadieville man’s home Thursday and his subsequent arrest on counts of being a felon in possession of a gun and drug possession.

Sheriff’s narcotics agents and SWAT team members showed up at Kendell Jones’ home Thursday with a no-knock search warrant after the undercover investigation raised suspicion of illegal drugs being in the home, Sheriff Mike Waguespack said Friday.

Agents found the gun and suspected marijuana in the home at 204A Maple St., Labadieville, the sheriff said.

Waguespack said it is standard safety protocol to use SWAT team members for that type of search. SWAT, or special weapons and tactics, teams have specialized training, body armor and often heavier weaponry than the typical officer does.

Jones, 32, has several felony convictions for prior drug offenses, sheriff’s deputies said in a news release. Waguespack also pointed out that other people live with Jones in the home that was searched.

Jones was booked Thursday into the Assumption Parish Detention Center in Napoleonville on a count of possession of marijuana, in addition to the firearms count, deputies said.

Jones’ bail had not been set as of mid-Friday morning, and he remained in jail, deputies said.