Narcotics detectives report finding 34 'shake-n-bake' meth labs in home near school

Narcotics detectives report finding 34 'shake-n-bake' meth labs in home near school

BAYOU VISTA, LA (WAFB) - Authorities said a man was arrested on multiple charges after nearly three dozen meth labs were found in his home, which is near an elementary school.

The St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office reported Justin Scarbrough, 22, of Bayou Vista, was taken into custody Wednesday night. He was booked into the parish jail on the following charges:

Operation of a clandestine laboratory

Operation of a clandestine laboratory within 2,000 feet of a school zone

Manufacturing methamphetamine

Possession of a firearm in the presence of a controlled dangerous substance

Possession of drug paraphernalia

Resisting an officer

Criminal trespass

No bond was set.

Narcotics detectives said they were investigating possible illegal drug activity at Scarbrough's home, when they reportedly saw him throwing a bag into a neighbor's yard and run off. They said they chased Scarbrough through several yards, but caught him shortly after the chase started.

Deputies said a search of Scarbrough's home yielded 34 plastic bottles commonly referred to as "shake-n-bake" labs used to make meth. They said a loaded shotgun was also found. They also reported the bag that was thrown and items used to make meth were located.

According to detectives, Scarbrough's home is within 2,000 feet of the Bayou Vista Elementary School Zone and Bayou Vista Recreational Center.

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