Four arrested for operating meth lab

Published 12:04 am 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.

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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.