PIERRE PART, LA (WAFB) - Authorities said a man on probation following a conviction of operating a meth lab has been arrested again for allegedly operating a meth lab after a shed caught fire Friday.
The Assumption Parish Sheriff's Office reported Kevin Pintado, 36, of Pierre Part, was arrested Monday on a charge of operation or creation of a clandestine laboratory. Pintado reportedly lived in the shed, which was next door to a family home.
Deputies said Pierre Part Fire and Rescue was called out to a reported shed fire around 4:30 a.m. Friday. Investigators added the pre-cursors of a "shake and bake lab" were found inside. They emphasized the fire was not the result of an explosion while meth was being "cooked."
Detectives said the preliminary evidence collected indicates a plastic storage bag containing a fuel-like substance (lantern or gas stove fuel) ignited and caused the fire. They believe Pintado then threw the bag onto a mattress and it also caught fire.
Officials said Pintado is currently on unsupervised probation after being released on a prior conviction on a charge of operation or creation of a clandestine laboratory. He was arrested in 2011 and convicted in 2012. He was then released after credit for time served.
Pintado remains in the Assumption Parish Detention Center. No bond is set and a hold has been placed on him by the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections (Probation and Parole Division).
The investigation is ongoing.