INDEPENDENCE – Two Independence men were arrested for methamphetamine manufacturing or related charges after a two-month undercover operation, according to Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards.
Kerry Thomas was NOT charged with the narcotics offense of manufacturing methamphetamines, as previous reported by the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s spokesman Dawn Panepinto. Thomas is not a resident of either property, he is the property owner, she said Thursday.
Thomas was arrested and charged for driving under a suspended license as he was leaving one of the residences.
“My sincere apology for any upset this has caused,” said Panepinto.
On November 26, agents with the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Office Narcotics Division, Patrol Division, along with Tri-Parish Narcotics Task Force executed two methamphetamine related search warrants.
They searched residences located on Charlotte Drive in Independence.
During the investigation, agents located evidence revealing that prior methamphetamine manufacturing was taking place on both properties.
Agents also located precursor materials used in the manufacturing methamphetamines concealed inside both residences.
As a result, the following suspects were arrested:
Billy Wayne Jordan, 45
Charge: Manufacturing methamphetamines.
Samuel McClendon, 45
Charges: Possession of drug paraphernalia, and 4 failure to appear warrants.