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Sulphur police say two meth labs dismantled

Sulphur police on Friday and Saturday dismantled two meth labs, officials said.

The first was discovered Friday morning at Crossland Economy Studios, said police spokesman Mel Estess. There, officers found several products used to manufacture methamphetamine.

No arrests were made.

Officials said the second lab, which was active, was discovered Saturday and two men — David Ellis Ravia, 43 and Joseph Paul O’Quain, 38, both of Sulphur — were arrested.

They were charged with possession of a Schedule II drug, running a clandestine lab and possession of drug paraphernalia. Their bonds were set at $21,000. Anyone with information on the labs can call police at 527-3967.

November 7, 2010 at 3:02 am

Area pair arrested in motel meth bust

*published Sept. 27, 2009

Two Lake Area residents were arrested Saturday morning on suspicion of operating a meth lab, according to authorities.

At around 11 a.m., the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Gena Leblanc-Bowdoin, 46, of Sulphur and Tommy Luther Carroll, 33, of Lake Charles after finding ingredients commonly used to manufacture methamphetamine.

Deputies were called at around 10:15 a.m. to the Oasis motel on Lakeshore Drive, according to spokeswoman Kim Myers, because of a suitcase found in a walkway.

Myers said the suitcase contained chemicals and equipment that could be used for a mobile meth lab.

Deputies questioned and searched people in the nearest rooms and found other chemicals in LeBlanc-Bowdoin’s and Carroll’s room.

Both are charged with two counts operation or creation of a clandestine lab, possession of a schedule II CDS and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bowdoin was additionally charged with illegal carrying of a weapon.

No bond has been set for the suspects.


September 27, 2009 at 6:36 pm Leave a comment

Calcasieu meth lab 10th found in ’09

South Lake Charles drug operation leads to 3 arrests
*published July 18, 2009
The methamphetamine lab that was dismantled Thursday was the 10th one found in Calcasieu Parish this year, authorities said.

“It seems to work in cycles,” said Lt. Billy Chapman with the parish drug task force. “We have not been inundated like other areas of the country, but we certainly have our issues with the drug.”

Most of the labs authorities find are small scale, with operations that produce enough of the drug for four or five people, Chapman said. These home labs usually can only produce 10 to 15 grams at a time, he said.

Chapman said most of the meth entering the area is a finished product smuggled in from along the Mexico-U.S. border through Houston. He said it originates in “super labs” that can produce the drug several kilograms at a time.

The people who ran the meth lab that local authorities discovered this week mixed their chemicals in one container to produce the drug, Chapman said. The concoction — including ammonia and other noxious substances — builds up pressure as it cooks and can explode, he said.

Calcasieu detectives, state police and Drug Enforcement Administration officers worked until about 11:30 p.m. Thursday to dismantle the lab, which was found at 215 Heather St. in south Lake Charles.

The incident reportedly began at about 4:30 p.m. when narcotics detectives went to the home to investigate drug activity. When they arrived, they smelled methamphetamine cooking, officials said.

Three people were arrested. Jordan R. Sarvaunt, 22, was charged with operating a clandestine lab and possession of hydrocodone.

John A. Petty, 33, was charged with operating a clandestine lab, possession of Xanax and methamphetamine, and illegally carrying a weapon.

Erica N. Smith, 23, was charged with operating a clandestine lab.

Along with methamphetamine, detectives reportedly found 10 Xanax pills and 17 hydrocodone pills.

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July 19, 2009 at 1:33 am Leave a comment

Meth lab found; neighbors asked to evacuate

Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso said when officers arrived they smelled methamphetamine being cooked.

*published July 18, 2009

A routine investigation Thursday evening turned up a clandestine methamphetamine lab at a residence, authorities said.

At about 6:30 p.m., detectives arrested Jordan R. Sarvaunt, Erica Sarvaunt and John A. Petty, who is the owner of the home, at 215 Heather St., and charged them with creating a clandestine lab. Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso said authorities received a call earlier in the day about drug activity and went to the home to question the residents. When they arrived, they smelled methamphetamine being cooked, he said.

Methamphetamine, which is made in part with antifreeze and denatured alcohol, emits a strong odor similar to that of cat urine or fingernail polish. The concoction is flammable and hazardous.

Mancuso said officers called the Fire Department, secured the area, and sought a a search warrant.

After initially asking nearby residents to stay in their homes, detectives then imposed a voluntary evacuation on Heather Street between Central Parkway and Ashland Avenue.

The local Drug Enforcement Administration office will send a hazardous-waste company to clean up the scene, Mancuso said.

“We seem to go through these cycles where we find them (home meth labs),” Mancuso said. “It just doesn’t make any sense to put this many people in danger doing this.”

One neighbor, who declined to give her name, said she suspected drug activity at the home for a long time and expressed relief that detectives had made arrests.

State police hazmat officers were brought in to stabilize the lab so it could be dismantled and disposed of.

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July 18, 2009 at 1:47 am Leave a comment