Fugitive arrested after suitcase meth lab found near church

Terry Baggett (Source: EBRSO)
Terry Baggett (Source: EBRSO)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A tip of a possible meth lab led investigators to the BREC Park located on Plank Road Sunday.

When deputies with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office arrived at Brown Heights BREC Park, they found a man and two women sitting at a picnic table nearby.

In the probable cause report, the deputy states that can of beer partially wrapped in a brown paper bag and a partially smoked blunt (marijuana cigar) was sitting on the picnic table. A nearby sign at the park states that alcohol is prohibited on the premises.

The man, identified as 35-year-old Terry Baggett of Baton Rouge, was immediately placed in custody for public drinking and possession of alcohol at a BREC park. During the investigation, it was learned that Baggett was a wanted fugitive from Baker, La.

According to reports, the deputy searched the nearby vehicle at the park and found unopened boxes of Pseudoephedrine, lithium batteries, an electric blender, a clear glass smoking pipe and receipts for the purchase of the Pseudoephedrine that was purchased earlier that day.

The driver of the truck told deputies that what he found in the truck was Baggett's and that Baggett was "cooking" meth at his house.

Deputies went to Baggett's home and found a working suitcase meth lab behind a shed in the backyard, which is less than 1,000 feet from a church; which is a drug free zone.

Baggett told deputies the working suitcase meth lab was not his and he doesn't know how to make crystal methamphetamine.

Baggett was taken to the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison and charged with fugitive from Baker PD, possession of alcohol at BREC Park, public drinking, possession of marijuana, create/operate clandestine lab, possession of drug paraphernalia, drug free zone.

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