Zachary Police arrested two people Wednesday, Aug. 18, in connection with the alleged meth lab, however one has since been released on a summons, Capt. David McDavid said.
"About a year ago we were contacted by the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics regarding a possible methamphetamine lab in operation," Herty said.
"An investigation was launched and the agencies involved executed undercover agents and informants."
About 10 a.m. on Wednesday, DELTA initiated a search warrant for a residence at 6286 English Turn Avenue in the Fennwood subdivision near Fennwood Hills Country Club off Hwy. 64.
"Upon entry, we found the home to be in complete disarray and the makings of an alleged meth lab," Herty said.
Police arrested Michael Lynn Kendrick Jr., 35, of 6286 English Turn Avenue, Zachary, and Angela Belt, 27, of 2929 Landmoor Drive, in Slaughter.
Herty also said phosphene gas was found which is odorless, flammable and toxic.
"Everything went smoothly and without incident although it appeared as though they had just finished manufacturing some meth. Alleged meth was also found in the home," Herty said.
The DELTA Narcotics Task Force is made up of members from the Zachary Police Department, Baker Police Department, East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, West Feliciana Sheriff's Office, St. Francisville Police Department, Baton Rouge Constable's Office and Pointe Coupee Sheriff's Office.
Herty said a representative from each agency was present at the time of the arrest.
"This was a very good bust with all agencies involved and working together and without the cooperation of everyone, this would not have been possible. A major meth dealer in Louisiana and Mississippi has been taken off the streets," Herty said. "The streets are safer for Zachary residents and their children."
Herty thanked the neighbors and citizens of Zachary for their support and patience on this war on drugs. "It takes time to work an investigation such as this."
Residents of English Turn in Fennwood said that everyone knew each other but nobody knew who actually lived at 6286 English Turn.
"Vehicles would show up all throughout the day," said one neighbor, who asked that his identity not be revealed. "You hate to pass judgement on people but we just would notice the oddest things at the oddest hours of the day."
Kendrick was arrested and transported to East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. Possible charges include manufacturing of a meth lab and distribution.
Belt was released on a summons pending further investigation, said McDavid.
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