Three arrested for operating meth lab in home with children

Three arrested for operating meth lab in home with children

POSTED: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 10:45am

UPDATED: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 10:49am

Three people are locked up today after agents from the Tri Parish Narcotics Task Force discovered a meth operation. When the arrest was made, three juveniles were in the home.

The arrested happened on Tuesday, April 24. The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office tells us that Donald Ridgedell, 35, of Kentwood, John Morris, 38, of Amite, and Rebecca Morris, 36, of Amite were all arrested after an on going undercover narcotics investigation led to the discovery that these subjects were manufacturing of methamphetamine.

On April 24, agents responded to a home on Mixon Road regarding suspicious drug activities. Upon arrival, agents noticed a strong chemical smell commonly produced during the manufacturing of methamphetamine emanating from the residence. Upon further investigation, agents located methamphetamine, methamphetamine oil, several methamphetamine labs (one pot), drug paraphernalia, and several firearms within the residence.

Ridgedell and Morris were in the residence at the time of the investigation. Both were arrested and charged with four counts Manufacturing Methamphetamine, one count Possession with Intent to Distribute SCS II, two counts Operation, Creation, Possession of a Clandestine Methamphetamine Lab, one count Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, one count Possession of Firearm while in Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance.

On the same date, agents arrested Rebecca Morris at the same location after connecting her with this case. Upon further investigation, agents located a one pot shake and bake lab inside the residence next to the bed in the master bedroom. Agents also located 3 juveniles within the residence ages 11 through 13.

Subsequently Morris was charged with 1 count Manufacturing Methamphetamine, and three counts Child Endangerment (drug law).

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