Deputies make methamphetamine arrest

Published 2:15 pm Tuesday, February 24, 2009

A tip from a community member brought about the arrest of a suspect believed to be involved in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Using information based off that tip concerning the possibility of a methamphetamine lab in the area, Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department investigators went out to 151 Shorty Burgess Rd., lot 158.

That lab was believed to be run by Warren Gonzales, 27, who gave an address of 38963 Howard O’Berry Rd., Pearl River, La., said Chief Investigator Donnie Saucier.

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When the investigators got there Gonzales was not there, but the person who was there gave the deputies consent to search the common areas of the home. A black bag containing a number of precursor chemicals was found in a barbecue grill at the home.

Since Gonzales did not live at the address on Shorty Burgess, investigators left until they got word that Gonzales had returned to the home, Saucier said. Investigators then returned to the home and took Gonzales into custody, finding him in possession of seven bags of methamphetamine.

Gonzales was charged with possession of precursor chemicals and possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.