Home invasion victims arrested after authorities find marijuana in home

Home invasion victims arrested after authorities find marijuana in home
Clay Cowart (Source: Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office)
Clay Cowart (Source: Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office)
Dana Cowart (Source: Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office)
Dana Cowart (Source: Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office)
Tayler Cowart (Source: Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office)
Tayler Cowart (Source: Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office)

PRAIRIEVILLE, LA (WAFB) - The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office arrested three people after their home was allegedly robbed on Wednesday.

APSO Major Kevin Hanna says the home owner, 45-year-old Dana Cowart, reported that two robbers armed with handguns forced their way into her home at about 7:30 a.m. in the 18000 block of Old Perkins Place Avenue in Prairieville

Cowart told authorities that she was forced to the floor as they searched the home. The suspects allegedly forced her to open a family safe where a gun and an undisclosed amount of money were stolen. Cowart says she was forced into a closet where she stayed as the suspects made their escape. She also told authorities that the suspects asked for her daughter, 18-year-old Tayler Cowart by name.

While investigating this incident, authorities say they detected the strong scent of marijuana. APSO narcotics agents were dispatched and found a smoking pipe containing marijuana in Tayler's bedroom, as well as a handgun and two smoking pipes containing marijuana in the master bedroom usually occupied by Dana and her husband, 45-year-old Clay Cowart.

As a result of the marijuana found in their home, Dana, her husband Clay, and their daughter Tayler Cowart were arrested.

Clay Cowart was charged with possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and illegal carrying of weapons. His bond was set at $10,000. He bonded out Thursday morning.

Dana Cowart was charged with possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and illegal carrying of weapons. Her bond was set at $2,500. She bonded out Thursday morning.

Tayler Cowart was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. She was released Wednesday night on a misdemeanor bond.

The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office says that they are still aggressively pursuing the home invasion investigation to try and identify the two armed suspects.

Anyone with information on this case is urged to contact the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office at 225-621-4636 or by texting 847411 to the APSO's anonymous tip line from any cellular device. You can also call Crime Stoppers at 225-344-7867.

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