Trailer fire leads to meth bust in Baker
POSTED: Thursday, April 19, 2012 - 5:39pm
UPDATED: Thursday, April 19, 2012 - 5:42pm
BAKER, La (NBC33) — A Thursday morning trailer fire led to a meth bust in Baker. That’s after investigators found out the two people living there were allegedly operating seven shake and bake meth labs inside. Police say they were caught when one of the labs caught fire.
Mike Knaps has been in charge of the Baker Police Department for six years.
“I know the families that live here. I promised them when I took this job that I wouldn’t allow things like this to happen,” he says. “This is a slap in the face.”
Knaps says he’s never seen anything like this while he’s been in charge.
“It’s a miracle that no one was injured with the trailer burning,” he says. “It could have been a much more massive explosion.”
A fire started in trailer number seven on Lavey Lane around 6:00 Thursday morning. When investigators started looking into it, they found a number of suspicious items had been tossed into the yard. It turns out, they were the ingredients needed to make meth.
“I will not tolerate meth labs operating in the City of Baker,” Knaps says. “I can assure you. There’s no place for it. You know it’s illegal. Don’t come in the city with it.”
Knaps says the worst part about the situation is that the labs were allegedly being used with three small children inside.
“To operate a meth lab is absolutely having no regard for life or property for anyone with you, near you, or around you.”
Clayton Daigre and Loni Aymond, the adults living in the trailer, have been locked up, but Chief Knaps says he won’t stop there. He’s doing his part to make sure he never sees another meth lab in his city again.”
“I can promise you we’re going to find out what’s going on,” Knaps says. “If there’s anymore to it than this, we’re going to pursue every little lead we have on this!”
Knaps says Daigre and Aymond face a number of charges including seven counts of Operating a Clandestine Laboratory, Arson, and three counts of Child Endangerment.