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Four arrested for operating meth lab

Published 12:04am Saturday, December 29, 2012

Editor’s Note: The address listed for Jonathan M. Martin, 34, who was arrested Thursday on charges of creation or operation of a clandestine lab, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, was incorrect. The incorrect address was provided at the time of his booking at the CPSO. His correct address could not be verified Saturday.

VIDALIA — Four people were arrested Thursday on charges they operated a methamphetamine production lab in the middle of a crowded trailer park.

Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Officer Lt. Chris Groh said the lab was discovered after a deputy tried to serve a warrant for the Ferriday Police Department on one of the suspects, Kevin Martin.

The deputy saw Martin enter a trailer on Ralph Road in the Country Estates trailer park, and when the deputy knocked on the door another male subject tried tried to escape out a back door only to be stopped by a backup deputy, Groh said.

When the doors were opened, the deputies were able to detect a strong chemical smell, Groh said, and upon entering found in plain sight a methamphetamine lab and materials used in the production of meth, including fertilizer, lithium strips, cold packs, spoons, cups and funnels.

In the trash the deputies found several bottles that had apparently been used in previous meth cooks, and a small amount of marijuana and a .22-caliber rifle were recovered from the residence, Groh said.

In addition to Martin and the suspect who tried to escape out the back, two other people were in the residence.

All four were charged with creation or operation of a clandestine lab, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Martin was also booked on the Ferriday bench warrant.

Those charged include:

-Kevin P. Martin, 26, 141 Martin Road, Ferriday.

-Jonathan M. Martin, 34, address unconfirmed, Vidalia.

-Ashley N. Green, 28, 811 Broadripple Drive, Huffman, Texas.

-Anna L. Martin, 32, 2932 Miller Ave., Natchez.

Groh said the lab did not appear to have been in operation very long, with Jonathan Martin having only moved into the trailer a couple of days prior to the arrest.

The only signs of occupancy in the dwelling were a mattress, a microwave and a few clothes, he said.

  • Anonymous

    handslap

  • https://plus.google.com/101785462960818953428/posts Wilson Phillips

    Have you seen the before and after photos of meth addicts? They are startling. Over the course of just one year’s use, they look like different people. Two or three years, and they look like they should be dead, but just haven’t fallen down yet.

    Once they are on that stuff, it has them forever. If they lock these people up for 5 years, the day they get out, they will start cooking it again. The addiction is just that strong. It is truly the worst drug out there. Talk to your kids. Warn them about it. Show them the photos and explain what it does. Scare them so bad that they will never try meth.

  • Anonymous

    Well said. In addition to that, cooking it is quite dangerous and a public health hazard. Doing that in a trailer park put others in danger as well.

  • Benard

    Great these thugs are locked up. A menace to society.

  • Anonymous

    I just wonder when they will make Ralph Martin close that trailer park down. He is a slum lord, charging outrageous rent for places that are barely habitable, and he doesn’t do repairs like he’s supposed to. He needs to just give it up, because as far back as I can remember, he has rarely had decent tenants. Always someone with something to hide, or God help us all, child molesters. Not to mention the meth labs and drug users such as these.

  • Anonymous

    mr. wilson phillips, I GOT TO GIVE YOU A THUMBS UP THIS MORNING. YOUR COMMENT WAS VERY VERY EDUCATIONAL. WE DO NEED MANY MORE COMMENTS LIKE THAT. CATCHING THOSE KIDS IN TIME BEFORE WE LOOSE THEM. KEEP’EM COMING phillips.

  • Anonymous

    Right on, Mr. Phillips. We need to constantly get the message out there about drugs, but especially meth. Thanks for helping.

  • ralph martin jr

    you are more than likely the slum and scum that has destroyed his property and then left with out paying your rent

  • ralph martin jr

    ssddrn you sound like an idiot

  • lostintheworld

    WTG Chris Groh and the other deputy !!!

  • lostintheworld

    Hope they get more than a slap.on the wrist !! Take a look at their rap sheets !! IF you have enough paper to print them out !!