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Sulphur, La. — For the third time in the past few weeks, the Sulphur Police Department dismantled a clandestine methamphetamine Thursday night, however this one was located close to W.T. Henning Elementary School.
Reacting to a phoned-in tip, SPD officers closed in on a unit at Sulphur Springs Apartment Complex at 700 Henning Drive. Upon discovering an “non active” meth lab, four individuals were taken into custody.
Arrested were Casey Brant LeDoux, 22, of Sulphur, Tiffany Renee Hinton, 29, of Sulphur, Jardon Paul Cole, 20, of Sulphur, and Rocky Lynn Gordon II of Sulphur.
LeDoux was booked into the Sulphur City Jail for simple possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and the operation of a clandestine lab. Hinton was booked into the Sulphur City Jail for simple possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession with the intent to distribute CDS schedule II drugs and the operation of a clandestine lab. Cole was booked into the Sulphur City Jail for simple possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and the operation of a clandestine lab. Gordon was booked into the Sulphur City Jail for an simple possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession with the intent to distribute CDS schedule II drugs, possession with the intent to distribute CDS schedule III drugs, possession with the intent to distribute CDS schedule V drugs and the operation of a clandestine lab.
“A resident there called in a tip about the lab and once we arrived, it was discovered to be a non-active lab meaning they were finished cooking the drugs,” Provisional Sulphur Police Chief Mel Estess said. “At that stage, it’s not as dangerous as an active lab in that it won’t explode, but it’s still dangerous if anyone gets in there and comes in contact with the chemicals.”
This was the third such discovery of a methamphetamine lab inside the city limits of Sulphur in recent weeks. That fact troubles Sulphur Mayor Chris Duncan. “It was in very close proximity to the school, and there is a daycare across the street,” Duncan said. “You’re affecting lives with this. It’s very volatile. When you’re doing the ‘shake and bake,’ these labs can explode. That is just way too close to our schools and our children.”
Estess echoed the concern for the Sulphur Police Department. “It’s one thing that it was a school, but really it worries me that this is happening inside Sulphur … in our community,” Estess said. “These labs are located in residential areas, not back in a wooded area some where, first on Fowler Drive and now at Sulphur Springs. But really, none of our communities are immune to this. It could happen in Westlake, DeQuincy as well as Sulphur.”
Another aspect of tracking meth labs that creates problems for law enforcement is the fact that meth labs can be constructed in small areas. Estess said that the drugs can be cooked in an area as small as a vehicle or even backpack.
“People can be on the lookout for certain signs that a lab may be operating in their neighborhood,” Estess said. “If you see activity at a residence where people are coming in and out, but other times it seems as if the people are alienated, you may want to go with your instincts and call us. Also, if you notice a chemical odor coming from a residence … an odor similar to a chemical plant … you should call it in.”
According to Mayor Duncan, a relatively new law that is in effect puts the onus on meth lab clean-up square on the property owner. In a case such as a lab found in an apartment complex, the City of Sulphur calls in a company such as Miller Environmental Services for clean-up and disposal. The city will receive a bill for the cost, which is then passed on to the respective property owner.

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