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On Monday, April 4th, 2011, a joint investigation involving the Bentonville Police Department, the Benton County Sheriff’s Office Crime Suppression Unit, and the Centerton Police Department resulted in the execution of a nighttime search warrant at the residence of Luke and Christie Rabalais, who live at 688 Zachary Drive in Centerton, Arkansas.

During the course of the investigation, officers discovered a large operational “shake and bake” methamphetamine lab and a loaded 9mm handgun. The officers were able to recover, dismantle and process numerous items of chemicals, cooking vessels, Hydrogen Chloride gas generators, and lab components both inside and outside of the residence.

Based on the high volume of lab trash, the clandestine lab officers determined that the suspects had manufactured methamphetamine on numerous occasions at the residence. Most of the contaminated lab trash was found outside of the home within four large trash receptors. Some of the items were directly exposed to the neighboring residences and/or public. It also took the officers approximately 9 hours to thoroughly process this home.

Luke and Christie Rabalais were placed under arrest and booked at the Benton County Jail pending a probable cause hearing. Furthermore, the Rabalais’ three children were located at the residence and taken into protective custody. The children were examined by Emergency Medical Technicians before they were turned over to the Department of Human Services.

The Rabalais’ were charged with Manufacturing a Controlled Substance-Methamphetamine, three (3) counts of Felony Endangering the Welfare of a Minor, Simultaneous Possession of Drugs and Firearms, Manufacturing a Controlled Substance in the Presence of a Minor, Exposing a Child to a Chemical Substance, and Possession of Pseudoephedrine with Intent to Manufacture Methamphetamine.

It should also be noted that the Rabalais’ currently have felony charges pending from April of 2009 for Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Simultaneous Possession of Drugs and Firearms, and Child Endangerment.

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