Meth lab uncovered by deputies

Published 12:01 am Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Methamphetamine labs are not taking a break for the holidays, and neither is the Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department.

Another suspected methamphetamine lab was broken up Dec. 3, when deputies responded to 76 Homestead Dr. to a possible residential burglary in progress, Chief Investigator Donnie Saucier said.

Instead of a burglary, deputies found what they believed to be a methamphetamine lab.

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When deputies arrived they saw a white female, later identified as Pam Smith, 22, of 76 Homestead Dr., run to a shed. In the shed deputies not only found Smith but found items believed to be used the in manufacture of methamphetamine, Saucier said.

Two other individuals were found at the residence, Robert M. Kennedy, 52, also of 76 Homestead Dr., and Richard Schmidt, 21, of 231 Jeff Wheat Rd.

A narcotics investigator was called out to the residence. The narcotics investigator confirmed that precursor chemicals were present at the site. A warrant was secured and a search of the residence found several more precursor chemicals, a note with a recipe for methamphetamine and a small amount of the finished product, Saucier said.

All three suspects were charged with manufacture of methamphetamine and possession of precursor chemicals, the chief investigator said.