Prairieville meth lab cleared, two arrested
Authorities arrested two Prairieville residents Monday night after uncovering a methamphetamine lab inside an apartment.
The two occupants of 108095 Little Prairie Road Apartment No. 1, 23-year-old Traci Rivet and 21-year-old Reese Plaisance, were immediately taken into custody after authorities arrived at the scene, Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley said.
The sheriff’s patrol division responded to a report of a strong chemical odor coming from the apartment, Wiley said.
Deputies investigated the apartment and found precursors of a clandestine meth lab, according to the sheriff.
Deputies immediately secured the apartment as a crime scene and forced the occupants to evacuate due to the potentially volatile environment, Wiley said.
Certified narcotics division agents responded to the scene to enter the apartment, the sheriff said.
Personal protective equipment must be worn to collect the chemicals, which must be disposed of according to environmental laws, he added.
The two responding deputies had to be treated and released from a local hospital after experiencing respiratory problems, Wiley said.
Plaisance was arrested and charged with creation or operation of a clandestine lab, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and two bench warrants.
Rivet was arrested and charged with creation or operation of a clandestine lab, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
No bonds were set as of Wednesday afternoon.