ERIC SCOTT RADIO | LAKE CHARLES, LA. — On March 15, detectives with the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T. Team) along with the assistance of the SWAT Team members executed a search warrant at the home of James Williams, 26, and Lanisha Bellard, 23, 4429 Lake Fairway Drive, Lake Charles, after an investigation revealed multiple incidents of drug activity at the home.
As the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Anti-Crime and Tactics (ACT) Team entered the home, they discovered three small children under the age of 3 years old that had been left unattended inside the home.
During the search of the home, approximately 308 grams of marijuana, 36 Xanax pills, 56 Concerta pills (used to treat ADHD), numerous items of drug paraphernalia, 5 firearms which included one shotgun, a 22 caliber rifle, a high powered 30 caliber rifle, and a 40 caliber pistol and an AR-15 both of which had been reported stolen through CPSO. Detectives also recovered numerous ammunition rounds including 8 loaded AR-15 magazines were recovered from the home, along with military body armor, and over $5,000 in cash believed to be profits from narcotic sells.
Williams was located and arrested traveling in his vehicle heading back to his home and Bellard was located and arrested on Gordon Woods Drive, one road south of Lake Fairway Drive. Both were booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and both charged with 5 counts of possession of a firearm in the presence of CDS; 2 counts illegal possession of a stolen firearm; 3 counts of illegal possession of CDS in presence of juveniles; possession of CDS CDS I (Marijuana) with intent; possession of CDS II (Concerta); possession of CDS IV (Xanax) with intent; and possession of drug paraphernalia. Williams, who was also arrested on 2 active warrants for distribution of CDS I (Marijuana), is also charged with unlawful possession of body armor and Bellard, who was also arrested on an active warrant for distribution of CDS I (Marijauan) is also charged with 3 counts of child desertion.
Judge Michael Canaday set Williams’ bond at $361,000; and set Bellard’s bond at $266,000.
The children were removed from the home by the Department of Children & Family Services and placed with family members.