EBR drug task force arrests two after search of home

Two Baton Rouge men were arrested Thursday after a team of local narcotics agents searched their Julia Street home and found drugs, cash, drug paraphernalia and a handgun.

Detectives with the Delta Narcotics Task Force and the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office used a search warrant to inspect a home at 1002 Julia St. at 8:40 a.m. Thursday, Baker Police Chief Mike Knaps said in a news release.

Once inside the home, drug agents found powder cocaine, nine bags of marijuana, three digital scales, several crack pipes, $188 in cash, ammunition and a semi-automatic handgun, Knaps said.

Jonathan West, 23, and Willard Johnson, 59, each were booked with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of a firearm with drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The men were accused of drug trafficking.

West, a convicted felon, also was booked with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, Knaps said.

Knaps said Johnson is a former Texas sheriff’s deputy who worked in the Fort Worth area.

West is free on bond following a 2012 second-degree murder arrest in East Baton Rouge Parish.

Agencies making up the task force are the East Baton Rouge Parish, West Feliciana and Pointe Coupee sheriff’s offices; Baker, Zachary and St. Francisville police departments; and the Baton Rouge Constable’s Office.