Three people were charged Tuesday after Morgan City Police detectives discovered a meth lab at an apartment complex, evacuating nearby apartments and finding two dead birds inside the apartment complex during the investigation, Morgan City Assistant Police Chief Mark Griffin Jr. said in a news release.
—Kenneth Rollins, 24, of Dianne Lane in Patterson, was arrested at 5:53 p.m. Tuesday for creating/operating a clandestine laboratory for the unlawful manufacture of controlled dangerous substance, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana third offense, cruelty to animals and on a St. Mary Parish warrant for four counts for violation of terms of drug court.
—Rebecca M. Guerrero, 26, of La. 182 in Morgan City, was arrested at 6:56 p.m. Tuesday for creating/operating a clandestine laboratory for the unlawful manufacture of controlled dangerous substance, possession of marijuana, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, illegal carrying of weapons, cruelty to animals and a St. Mary Parish warrant for drug court violation.
—Caleb Guerrero, 24, of La. 182 in Morgan City, was arrested at 8:35 p.m. Tuesday for creating/operating a clandestine laboratory for the unlawful manufacture of controlled dangerous substance, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana second offense, possession of drug paraphernalia, cruelty to animals and on a St. Mary Parish warrant for failure to appear for possession of marijuana.
Morgan City Police detectives received information that a possible methamphetamine lab was located at a La. 182 apartment complex and traveled there to investigate, Griffin said. As officers attempted to make contact with the occupants of the apartment, several people were observed running around inside the apartment, Griffin said.
The officers detected a strong chemical smell along with smoke inside the room, Griffin said. The suspects refused to acknowledge the officers’ presence, Griffin said. Officers evacuated nearby apartments and made a forced entry into the apartment to ensure the safety of the suspects inside, Griffin said. There they discovered an active laboratory constructed for the purpose of manufacture of methamphetamine. Caleb Guerrero, Rebecca Guerrero and Rollins were detained and removed from the hazardous area, Griffin said.
The nearby apartments and bystanders were evacuated as a precaution while investigators secured a search warrant for the premises, Griffin said. Investigators with the assistance of the Morgan City Fire Department worked to ensure the safety of the scene until a hazardous materials response team arrived to dismantle and clean the scene, Griffin said. Caleb Guerrero and Rebecca Guerrero, a married couple, and Rollins were arrested.
During the subsequent search of the scene, detectives located methamphetamine, a controlled substance, marijuana, items of drug paraphernalia and a .25-caliber pistol, which Rebecca Guerrero identified as belonging to her.
Investigators recovered two small birds inside the residence which had apparently succumbed to the hazardous fumes inside the residence, Griffin said. They were recovered and turned over to the animal warden, Griffin said. All three people were jailed with no bail set yet.
Griffin reported the following arrests:
—Jonathan Motte, 30, of Oak Street in Morgan City, was arrested at 3:49 p.m. Tuesday for remaining/entry on premises after being forbid, resisting an officer, felony possession of a firearm in the presence of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of a concealed firearm by a convicted felon, possession of marijuana fifth offense and possession of Schedule II hydrocodone.
An officer was dispatched to a La. 182 business in regards to an intoxicated person. Officers arrived in the area and located a male subject matching the description provided. As officers approached the subject and ordered him to stop, according to the report, the subject turned and immediately reached for his waistband and began walking away, refusing the officers instructions.
Another officer arrived to assist and the subject was detained by both officers, placing his hands behind his back. The subject, Motte, was detained at which time officers located a loaded .380-caliber handgun tucked inside his waistband, Griffin said. The weapon was seized. Motte was also found to possess suspected marijuana and a hydrocodone. According to witnesses, Motte, who had previously been banned from the property, had refused to leave the business when asked by the employees and urged them to call the police, Griffin said. Motte was jailed with no bail set.
—Allan J. Jeanise, 55, no address given, was arrested at 6:15 a.m. Tuesday for remaining after being forbid and disturbing the peace.
Officers were dispatched to a Brashear Avenue pharmacy in regards to a person refusing to leave the premises. Officers arrived and Jeanise was pointed out as the person in question, Griffin said. Witnesses indicated that Jeanise was loitering in the front of the business begging for money and using profanities towards customers, Griffin said. Jeanise was jailed.
—Demarcus T. Skipper, 19, of Hickory Street in Patterson, was arrested at 11:44 p.m. Tuesday for no seat belt and possession of Schedule I synthetic cannabinoids.
A patrolling officer observed a vehicle traveling on La. 182 by a driver who was not properly restrained. The officer stopped the vehicle to speak with the driver, Skipper. While speaking with Skipper, officers observed suspected marijuana scattered about the inside of the vehicle.
The driver consented to a search of his vehicle at which time officers located a hand-rolled cigarette which contained suspected synthetic marijuana, on the driver’s door, Griffin said. Skipper was jailed.
—Adrienne S. Paul, 22, of Arizona Street in Morgan City, was arrested at 1:11 p.m. Tuesday on warrants for probation violation, contempt of court and failure to appear for trial.
Officers located Paul near the intersection of Marshall and Maple streets. Paul was jailed then released on personal bail.
—Shenandoah S. Drury, 33, of Seventh Street in Morgan City, was arrested at 1:23 p.m. Tuesday for simple battery.
Officers were dispatched to the area of Fifth and Everett streets regarding a battery being committed. Officers arrived to locate the victim, who told officers that he was approached by Drury and struck by Drury.
The victim, who was not injured, provided a description of the suspect, Griffin said. Officers located Drury on Seventh Street. He confirmed the accusations, Griffin said. He was jailed on $692 bail.
—Jeremy L. Smith, 31, of Baldwin, was arrested at 2:17 p.m. Tuesday for driving under suspension, no insurance and speeding 31 mph in a 15 mph zone.
An officer patrolling a school zone near the intersection of Federal and Brashear avenues observed a vehicle speeding through the zone, Griffin said. Smith was jailed and released after posting cash bail.
—J.C. Ford Jr., 28, of Amelia, was arrested at 2:54 p.m. Tuesday on warrants for failure to appear for improper lighting and failure to appear for driving under suspension.
Ford was located at the Terrebonne Parish Correctional Facility and taken to the Morgan City Police Department where he remains.
St. Mary Parish Sheriff Mark Hebert reported responding to 55 complaints in the parish and reported the following arrests in east St. Mary Parish:
—Wilbur J. Richard Jr., 30, of the 11100 block of La. 695 in Kaplan, was arrested at 3:44 p.m. Tuesday for possession of drug paraphernalia and on a warrant for issuing worthless checks. A deputy assigned to patrol the Bayou Vista area made contact with Richard while he was walking on Jupiter Street.
While speaking with Richard, the deputy received information that he was wanted on an active warrant, Hebert said. During the arrest, the deputy located a small cigar inside a package on Richard, the sheriff said. The package also contained a trace amount of vegetative material suspected to be marijuana, Hebert said. Richard was jailed with bail set at $2,000.
—Leslie J. Matthews, 39, of the 100 block of Friendship Alley in Amelia, was arrested at 2:27 p.m. Tuesday on a warrant for issuing worthless checks. A deputy located Matthews at her residence on the warrant. The deputy released Matthews on a summons to appear in court April 7.
—Marlon Stevenson, 21, of the 200 block of Rob Lane in Baldwin, was arrested at 4:49 a.m. today for reckless operation of a vehicle. A deputy assigned to patrol the Bayou Vista area observed a vehicle speeding 72 mph in the posted 45 mph zone on La. 182, Hebert said. The deputy conducted a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, identified as Stevenson, the sheriff said. Following the traffic stop investigation, the deputy released Stevenson on a summons to appear in court April 7.
Patterson Police Chief Patrick LaSalle reported the following arrest:
—Troy Jones, 24, of the 1700 block of Kemper Williams Street in Patterson, was arrested at 3:05 p.m. Tuesday for two counts of simple criminal damage to property. Jones was jailed with no bail set.
Berwick Police Chief James Richard reported no arrests.