Vidalia men arrested on drug charges

Published 12:00 am Saturday, August 19, 2006

VIDALIA &8212; Two Vidalia residents were arrested Wednesday morning on numerous drug-related charges.

Leamon Von Manchester, 38, 983 Minorca Drive and wife Ruby M. Manchester, 33, 2023 Elenore St., were arrested on multiple charges after a welfare check on their residence. A state child protection service official was also present.

Both Manchesters were charged with possession of schedule II drugs (methamphetamine) with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm while in possession of a controlled dangerous substance, creation and operation of a clandestine lab, possession of schedule IV drugs, improper supervision of a child and child endangerment. Bond is set at $100,000 for each of the Manchesters.

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The Concordia Narcotics Task Force arrested the two adults, immediately removing three children from the residence for safety reasons. CNTF Agent Chuck Hall, a certified safety supervisor, was contacted to check the residence before narcotics agents searched the residence.

The two were arrested at their Minorca Road residence after CNTF officers Chris Groh and Denis Mulvihill detected a strong chemical odor upon entering the residence, they said. The officers found a wide array of drugs, drug paraphernalia and chemicals used in manufacturing crystal methamphetamine.

Along with the meth lab manufacturing items, agents also found a loaded nine mm Ruger pistol, which was lying in plain view. Pornography and books detailing methods of manufacturing meth were also found. Pet feces and urine were seen on the floor and dirty dishes with moldy, uneaten food were scattered throughout the den area, officers said.

Concordia Parish Sheriff&8217;s Office Juvenile Officer Brenda Harris was contacted to transport the three children to the Sheriff&8217;s office where they were released into the custody of their relatives.

&8220;This is a great example of the state and local agencies working together, for the betterment of the community at large, but especially for the children,&8221; Sheriff Randy Maxwell said. &8220;Anyone having a meth lab in their residence, let a lone a loaded gun within a child&8217;s reach, is placing children at an enormous risk. I&8217;m glad the CNTF officers and our juvenile officer could work with child protection and make these arrests with no injuries to anyone.&8221;