Assumption Parish authorities respond to shed fire, uncover meth lab
Assumption Parish (NBC33) — Assumption Parish Sheriff’s deputies arrested Kevin Pintado, 36, of Pierre Part, Monday afternoon for operation or creation of a clandestine meth laboratory.
Pierre Part Fire and Rescue responded to reports of a shed fire in a residential area near Highway 70 on Friday, Feb. 7, around 4:30 a.m.
After further investigation, agents found evidence of pre-cursors to a meth lab operation known as a “shake and bake lab.”
Pintado was currently on a five-year unsupervised probation for a prior conviction in 2012 regarding the same type of criminal activity.
Following Monday’s arrest, Pintado is being held in the Assumption Parish Detention Center.
Current evidence indicates that the fire started when a plastic sandwich bag containing a type of fuel (lantern or gas stove fuel) caught on fire.
Pintado threw the bag onto a mattress, which then also caught on fire.
The shed, which is next door to a family home, was occupied and serving as Pintado’s living quarters.
The investigation remains ongoing at this time.