NATALBANY, LA (NBC33) — On Dec. 15, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office began investigating allegations that methamphetamines were being manufactured at a residence in Natalbany.
The primary suspect, Daniel Ridgel, 41, is a known methamphetamine violator.
Knowing that the address was linked to prior meth violations and that Ridgel was in the residence, narcotics agents executed a search warrant.
During their search, investigators found a total of four meth labs, processed methamphetamine, and all the necessary materials for manufacturing meth.
Police report that the residence is in deplorable and unlivable conditions and already has a placard labeling the place as being contaminated with hazardous material. Part of the kitchen was also “burned out” due to the production of methamphetamine.
Officers got a taped statement from the suspects. Ridgel confessed to manufacturing meth fro the last six months and causing the kitchen fire three days prior.
On Monday, Dec. 16, Ridgel was charged with 4 counts of manufacturing meth and 1 count of possession with intent to distribute meth.
Ridgel is also on probation for a prior manufacturing charge.