Anonymous call leads to precursor arrest

Published 3:31 pm Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Two suspects have been charged with possession of precursor chemicals after an anonymous call led law enforcement officers to their location.

On Oct. 2, at about 2:30 a.m. the Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department received a call from a member of the community that stated a car was traveling the county roads, allegedly with an active methamphetamine lab inside. After further investigation no lab was found, but the law enforcement officers did find supplies that could be used to manufacture the drug.

Chief Investigator Donnie Saucier said the description of the vehicle was dispatched over the department’s radio system. Shortly after that transmission, Sgt. Lawrence Spur spotted the vehicle, complete with no tag.

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Two suspects were inside the car, Elizabeth Swaggerty, 22, 315 Third St., Pearl River, La., and Rodney S. Hamilton, 24, 108 Caroline St. During the traffic stop Spur saw a piece of tin foil in plain view with what appeared to be burn residue. With probable cause, Spur searched the vehicle and found several precursors inside the vehicle’s trunk, Saucier said. However, no lab was found.

Narcotics Detective Sherman Gaspard was called to the scene, and he found a camouflage bag that contained sulfuric acid, measuring cups, camp fuel and funnels, all items that are commonly used in the production of methamphetamine.

Both suspects were charged with possession of precursor chemicals.

A search of Swaggerty’s belongings found her in possession of 19 Klonopin pills. She was additionally charged with possession of a controlled substance.