Complaint leads to discovery of explosive device, drugs, guns and bomb-making material in Louisiana

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St John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office

RESERVE, La. (BRPROUD) – The St John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office received a theft complaint last week.

Officers made their way to a home in Reserve around 9:30 p.m. on October 18.

An investigation ensued into the possible “theft of an electric panel and a boat anchor.”

The investigation continued and officers found something in the front yard.

That is where an explosive device was found and from there a SWAT team was called to the scene.

The SWAT team “neutralized the device” and authorities sought out a search warrant.

With a search warrant in hand, officers entered the home of 32-year-old Charles R. Lanoue.

A search of the home uncovered these items:

  • Bomb manufacturing material
  • Methamphetamines
  • Drug paraphernalia
  • Several guns,
  • Electric panel
  • Boat anchor

“Lanoue confessed to making the explosive device and placing the device at the Reserve home,” according to the St John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office.

The 32-year-old was arrested and charged with:

  • Theft $1000 – $5,000 (felony)
  • Criminal trespass– immovable property
  • Theft – less than $1,000 (misd)
  • Two counts of manufacturing and possession of a bomb (felony)
  • Possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine (felony)
  • Prohibited acts
  • Drug paraphernalia (misd)
  • Sale, distribution, or possession of legend drug without prescription or order prohibited
  • Possession of marijuana 1st offense (C2A (misd)
  • Illegal carrying of weapon with CDS

Lanoue is currently behind bars and bond has been set at $394,000.

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