Ascension Parish, La — Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Ryan Espinoza.
On the evening of February 21, deputies received a called that someone was possibly mixing narcotics in a residence located in the 37000 block of LA 74 in Geismar.
Deputies arrived on the scene and a neighbor advised that while outside smoking a cigarette he heard a loud explosion and then a large flame coming from a bedroom window of a residence. The neighbor advised he ran to the residence to rescue people inside and saw Espinoza on the back porch carrying a large black garbage bag leaving the residence.
Narcotics detectives arrived on the scene to take over the investigation and located items in the residence consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine. Detectives learned that Christy Cockerham, Espinoza’s girlfriend, was present in the residence at the time of the explosion.
Cockerham, 35, was charged with the Creation of a Clandestine Lab and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. She was arrested and booked into the Ascension Parish Jail where she is awaiting bond.
Espinoza, 31, of Gonzales is wanted for the Creation of a Clandestine Lab, Simple Arson, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.