Disturbance Call Investigation Exposes Methamphetamine Laboratory

Date: September 11, 2014

 

On Wednesday, September 10, 2014, at 6:17 pm, St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a residence in the 400 block of Birch Street in LaPlace for the report of a disturbance at the residence. When deputies arrived, they identified two female subjects and two male subjects at the residence. For the safety of the deputies, deputies conducted a cursory search of the residence for other individuals and discovered a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory in the residence. Deputies notified narcotics detectives of their findings.

During the investigation of the reported disturbance, deputies learned that Michelle Orgeron, 33, of Bonnie Street in LaPlace was involved in a verbal altercation with Jason Hicks, 36, of Birch Street. The altercation became physical including Hicks’ physical assault on Orgeron’s two daughters 11-years-old and 8- years-old. The parties involved in the altercation refused medical attention. Hicks fled the area before deputies arrived.

Regarding the narcotic detectives’ investigation of the clandestine

methamphetamine laboratory, detectives identified Paul Crotwell Sr., 58, as the owner of the house. Jason Hicks and Kristy Salazar, 34, rented a room from Crotwell. Michelle Orgeron and Michael Richardson, 39, were at the residence visiting.

Detectives obtained and executed a judicial court ordered search warrant of

the residence. Detectives observed and documented the presence of a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory in Hicks’ and Salazar’s room. Because of the volatile nature of methamphetamine laboratories, detectives called a specialized company to disassemble the laboratory safely.

Detectives seized paraphernalia used in the production and distribution of methamphetamine, three grams of marijuana ($20), and half a gram of methamphetamine ($50).

Deputies arrested the following subjects and booked them accordingly:

  

MICHELLE LYNN ORGERON  33

BONNIE ST, LAPLACE, LA

40:983 - CREATION OR OPERATION OF A CLANDESTINE LABORATORY FOR THE UNLAWFUL
MANUFACTURE OF CDS

14:103 - DISTURBING THE PEACE - ENGAGING IN A FISTIC ENCOUNTER

BOND:







KRISTY LEE SALAZAR 34

BIRCH ST, LAPLACE, LA

40:967 C(1) - POSSESSION OF METHAMPHETAMINE LESS THAN 28 GRAMS 40:1023 - POSSESSION OR DISTRIBUTION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA 40:966E(1) - POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA 1ST OFFENSE

40:983 - CREATION OR OPERATION OF A CLANDESTINE LABORATORY FOR THE UNLAWFUL
MANUFACTURE OF CDS

BOND:








PAUL E CROTWELL SR 58

BIRCH ST, LAPLACE, LA

40:983 - CREATION OR OPERATION OF A CLANDESTINE LABORATORY FOR THE UNLAWFUL
MANUFACTURE OF CDS

BOND:













MICHAEL JEROME RICHARDSON 39

ELM ST, LAPLACE, LA

40:983 - CREATION OR OPERATION OF A CLANDESTINE LABORATORY FOR THE UNLAWFUL
MANUFACTURE OF CDS

BOND:












JASON EUGENE HICKS 36

BIRCH ST, LAPLACE, LA

40:1023 - POSSESSION OR DISTRIBUTION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA

40:966E(1) - POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA 1ST OFFENSE

40:967 C(1) - POSSESSION OF METHAMPHETAMINE LESS THAN 28 GRAMS

40:983 - CREATION OR OPERATION OF A CLANDESTINE LABORATORY FOR
THE UNLAWFUL MANUFACTURE OF CDS

14:93 - CRUELTY TO JUVENILES - With Force/Violence

14:93 - CRUELTY TO JUVENILES - With Force/Violence

14:35 - SIMPLE BATTERY

14:35 - SIMPLE BATTERY

14:103 - DISTURBING THE PEACE - ENGAGING IN A FISTIC ENCOUNTER

 

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