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Tipsters concerned about the welfare of a 9-year-old boy living in a suspected Harvey meth lab called in authorities for help. Four people were later arrested at the residence where officers found methamphetamine residue and some of the volatile chemicals used to make the drug, according to Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office arrest reports.


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 A townhome at 2321 Justin Lane, Harvey, were JPSO investigators arrested four adults suspected of running a meth lab

Christina Wallace, 29, Jefferson Faggard Jr., 34, Jefferson S. Faggard, 55, and Janet Hamblen, 51, were booked Friday with possession of methamphetamine, creation of a clandestine lab and illegal use of a drug in the presence of a minor, the arrest reports said. Faggard Jr. was also booked with felony illegally carrying a weapon.

All four adults and the boy lived in the two-story townhouse located at 2321 Justin Lane in the Kensington Gardens subdivision of Harvey, arrest reports said. Though precursor chemicals were found, “there were no indications that it was an active lab,” said Col. John Fortunato, spokesman for the Sheriffs Office.

The Sheriff’s Office received the tips, which identified Wallace as the townhome’s primary residence and Faggard Jr. as her boyfriend, reports said. Investigators went to the residence Thursday evening to arrest Wallace on an outstanding municipal attachment, the arrest report said. The four adults and the boy were at the townhouse.

It was not clear Monday which of the suspects is the boy’s guardian. But he was released into the custody of relative, the arrest reports said.


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Warning sign posted on the townhome’s front door

Investigators eventually obtained consent to search the home and found components for a meth lab, including lithium batteries, brake fluid, lighter fluid, drain cleaner and a gas generator, the report said. They also located clear plastic bags with a crystallized residence that later tested positive for methamphetamines.

The four suspects were still being held Monday at the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center. No one answered the front door of the residence, which is plastered with a bright orange sticker warning that hazardous chemicals had been seized from the location.

In the past, authorities usually only found meth labs in rural areas because of the noxious fumes created during production. But in recent years, urban labs have become more common despite the dangerous and explosive nature of the chemicals used.

Justin Lane neighbors said they were shocked to discover that a meth lab might have been operating so close to their own homes. Court records reveal that Wallace has lived at the residence since at least 2000. One neighbor who did not want to be identified said there were never any strange smells or anything unusual at the home. “I never saw a whole lot of people over there,” he said.



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