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NEW ORLEANS Multiple police agencies joined together to stop an alleged Mardi Gras murder-for-hire and attempted robbery of a local business man, according to a statement from the New Orleans Police Department.

Authorities from the NOPD, Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office and State Police collaborated to arrest Joseph Edwards, 42, said a statement from Officer Remi Braden, a spokeswoman for the NOPD.

Edwards was charged with inciting a felony, said Braden.

'Several weeks ago, NOPD Detective Steve Williams started developing information about the robbery and murder plan Edwards was hoping to pull off on Mardi Gras day,' said Braden.

'Physical surveillances and undercover interviews of the targeted businessman's associates conducted by investigators gave detectives sufficient reason to obtain a search warrant for Edwards' residence.'

Inside Edwards' home, according to Braden, detectives found evidence that Edwards had planned to hit a safe at one of the businessman's retail stores. The safe sometimes held between $150,000 to $200,000.

During the investigation, detectives learned that Edwards had previously worked for the man he was allegedly plotting to rob, and evidence collected at Edwards' home also implicated him as plotting to have the business owner killed.

Edwardswas wanted on two municipal attachments, and he had a prior arrest for criminal trespassing in New Orleans, according to police.

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