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 A man arrested after a methamphetamine lab exploded inside his residence Halloween afternoon has turned himself in.

Donato Carroll Gentile, 37, of 50 Harvard St., Portsmouth, New Hampshire, was burned when an explosion occurred while he was allegedly cooking methamphetamine inside his Slidell-area apartment.

After Gentile inadvertently set off the explosion he was transported to a burn unit in Baton Rouge for treatment. Deputies processed the scene of Gentile’s residence and found various narcotics as well as evidence of a meth lab.

Gentile, who was not in custody at the time, left the hospital in Baton Rouge before being discharged and returned to St. Tammany Parish.

On Nov. 24, around 9:30 a.m., Gentile contacted the Sheriff’s Office and informed dispatchers that he knew arrest warrants had been recently issued for his arrest.

Gentile then reportedly asked dispatchers to send a deputy to the residence in Pearl River where he was staying so that he may turn himself in. Sgt. Sean Beavers, spokesman for the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, said deputies arrived at the address and took him into custody without incident. He was charged with possession of schedule I, possession of schedule II, possession of drug paraphernalia, simple arson and manufacturing schedule II and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail.




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