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Parish deputies shut down meth lab

FERRIDAY — Sheriff’s deputies discovered and shut down a methamphetamine cooking operation in Ferriday Monday night after responding to a domestic disturbance call.

Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies reportedly saw a woman, through an uncovered window, smoking a crack pipe in a Levens Addition house at approximately 10:24 p.m.

Deputy Dusty Lemoine was allowed to enter the residence and noticed in plain view, methamphetamine, marijuana, various drug paraphernalia and materials used to make methamphetamine.

The deputy’s report said the occupants of 651 Levens Addition consented to a search of the house, during which Lemoine and other deputies found small amounts of methamphetamine and several materials used to cook the drug.

“It appeared that they had just run out, so they only had a small amount there but they were in the process of making more,” Lemoine said Tuesday. “That’s such a volatile and dangerous process, so we were glad to be able to take some of the narcotics off the street but to also be able to keep that neighborhood safe by stopping the cooking of the meth.”

All suspects, Lemoine said, confirmed that they were cooking methamphetamine in the house and were arrested on scene.

The following suspects were arrested and taken to the Concordia Parish jail:

-Thomas L. Bagsby Jr., 36, 651 Levens Addition, Ferriday, on charges of creation or operation of a clandestine lab, possession of schedule II drugs, possession of schedule I drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.

-Athena Michell Kelly, 32, 651 Levens Addition, Ferriday, on charges of creation or operation of a clandestine lab, possession of schedule II drugs, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

-Bethina L. Butler, 36, 581 Mason Road, Jonesville, on charges of bench warrant for failure to appear for execution of sentence for possession of marijuana, creation or operation of a clandestine lab, possession of schedule II drugs, possession of schedule I drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting an officer.

-Chad G. Grimble, 33, 1400 Seventh St., Ferriday, on charges of creation or operation of a clandestine lab, possession of schedule II drugs, possession of schedule I drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.

All suspects were being held without bond in the jail as of Tuesday afternoon.

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