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Officers checking on a tip about drug activity at the Gretna home of a parolee found an active, bubbling methamphetamine lab, authorities said. The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office provided the tip about Bertrum Daigle, 38, to officers with the state Department of Probation and Parole, according to Jefferson District Administrator John Reeves.17364531-mmmain

Daigle is on parole until May 23, 2016 for a drug-related conviction out of St. Tammany Parish, said Pam Laborde, spokeswoman for the state Department of Corrections. He was staying with relatives at 1902 Hancock St., Gretna, according to Gretna Police Deputy Chief Anthony Christiana.

After receiving the tip about drug activity at the house, Daigle’s parole officer, Ardiel Washington, and Officer Douglas Black went to the residence with members of the West Bank Major Crimes Task Force for a compliance check on Wednesday about 11:30 a.m., Reeves and Christiana said.

“Mr. Daigle led them through the house, and during the trip, they saw what appeared to be drug paraphernalia, including the components of a meth lab,” Reeves said.

Officers found plastic, 2-liter soda bottles containing a bubbling liquid. Daigle was using what authorities refer to as the one-pot method or a “shake and bake” lab. The smaller labs are easier to conceal, Christiana said. Officers also recovered an undisclosed amount of methamphetamine, an arrest report said.

Authorities called in the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office narcotics division and its meth team, officers trained to dismantle and collect evidence from the toxic, unstable labs, Christiana said. Officers noted that there were at least three others in the residence, including a 1-year-old boy. It’s not clear if the other residents knew about the drugs.

Daigle was booked with creation of a clandestine lab, drug possession, use of an illegal drug in the presence of a minor, violation of drug laws, parole violation and being a fugitive from another jurisdiction.

Daigle was still being held Thursday at the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center in Gretna. Bond on the drug-related charges was set at $141,000. But he was being held without bond on the fugitive and parole violation charges.

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