Meth lab busts made in Bayou Vista, Morgan City

MORGAN CITY, La. -- Morgan City police and St. Mary Parish sheriff’s detectives made two separate methamphetamine lab busts Wednesday and arrested four men.

In Morgan City, two men were arrested Wednesday after officers responded to a complaint of a purse theft on Egle Street in Morgan City, and found items used to produce methamphetamine at a residence, Morgan City Police Chief Travis Crouch said in a news release.

Arrested at 11:03 a.m. Wednesday were:

—George Harvey, 31, of Egle Street in Morgan City, for simple burglary; and

—Christopher Davis Johnson, 33, of Niceville, for creation and operation of a clandestine laboratory for the unlawful manufacture of controlled dangerous substance (methamphetamine)

Morgan City police officers responded to a complaint about a theft of a purse from a residence located on Egle Street in Morgan City. Officers arrived to investigate the theft. Detectives were summoned to the scene after it was alleged that a man had entered a residence and stolen a purse from inside the residence, Crouch said.

Detectives during the investigation were directed to another Egle Street residence in their investigation where they located a male suspect, Harvey, who was positively identified as the suspect in the incident, Crouch said. He was detained and the residence secured.

Upon searching the residence, detectives located paraphernalia and precursor materials that are used in the illegal production of methamphetamine, Crouch said. A second person was located at the residence and identified as Johnson. He was also detained for questioning.

After interviews, Harvey was charged with theft. Johnson was charged with operating a clandestine lab for the illegal production of methamphetamine, Crouch said. Both men remain in jail with no bail set.

In a separate incident, two men were charged with running a meth lab after St. Mary Parish narcotics detectives found items associated with a meth lab in a vehicle in Bayou Vista, and found more meth lab items in a hotel room, St. Mary Parish Sheriff Mark Hebert said in a news release.

Arrested at 5:55 p.m. Wednesday were:

—Michael Lee Howard, 42, of the 800 block of U.S. 90 in Bayou Vista, for operation of a clandestine lab, possession of schedule II (Vyvanse) and possession of drug paraphernalia; and

—Eddie Bob Norman Jr., 35, giving an address of River Road in Berwick, for operation of clandestine lab and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also arrested on warrants for aggravated assault and domestic abuse battery.

Narcotics division detectives were patrolling the Bayou Vista area when they watched a vehicle run a stop sign on Southeast Boulevard. Detectives conducted a traffic stop during which, precursor components for a meth laboratory were found, Hebert said.

The investigation led detectives to a local hotel room where they located more precursor items for a meth lab, Hebert said. Detectives also found drug paraphernalia and Vyvanse pills. Howard and Norman were both taken to the parish jail and held. No bail is set. Norman was convicted of operating a clandestine laboratory in 2012.

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