By Jennifer Lenain, Item Staff Writer
The Picayune Item
An anonymous complaint of a possible methamphetamine lab at the Pines Apartments led to two arrests for possession of precursor chemicals.
The complaint was of a possible methamphetamine lab in apartment room #105, said Jeremy Magri, assistant to the chief of police.
Officers made contact with the three occupants, Macile Darby, Robin Ballard and Michael Parks, and consent to search the residence was given, said Magri.
“Darby stated that the only thing she was aware of in the residence was her marijuana pipe,” Magri said.
Darby told officers where the marijuana pipe was located in the residence and she was issued a “post arrest release citation for possession of paraphernalia,” he said.
The search of the residence resulted in discovering a second pipe containing a burnt substance and a plastic storage bag behind a bedroom dresser that contained an unknown brown liquid believed to be methamphetamine oil, said Magri.
In the residence, officers found lithium batteries, “scratched and cut in an apparent attempt to remove the lithium strips,” Magri said.
Officers also found a propane torch, butane torch and a bottle of rust stain remover from under a bed, said Magri. In the same bedroom, a bottle of lighter fluid was found.
Officers found a counterfeit $100 bill in Ballard’s purse.
Ballard, 37, and Parks, 38, were then arrested for possession of precursor chemicals and possession of paraphernalia. Ballard was additionally charged with possession of counterfeit currency said Magri.
In other arrests, two suspects sought from phase two of Operation Breaking Dawn were arrested earlier this week. They are Garod Bickham, arrested in St. Tammany Parish and awaiting extradition, and Patrick Irvin in Picayune.