A Denham Springs couple suspected of operating a meth lab was arrested Thursday after Walker police received a call about a suspicious vehicle in a parking lot on Vera McGowan, near the Walker South Road exit of Interstate 12.
When officer Clint Walker arrived at the scene around 4:30 p.m., he found a Honda Civic occupied by a man and woman with a marijuana pipe in plain sight, according to a police department news release.
Police found “all of the components required for a ‘one pot’ meth lab” when they searched the car, according to the release. However, the lab was not being used to make meth at the time it was discovered.
Officers also seized a “small quantity” of marijuana from the Civic.
Brandon Paul Ducharme, 34, and Selena Sullivan Ducharme, 35, were each charged with operation of a clandestine laboratory for the unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. Brandon Ducharme was also charged for not having insurance and an outstanding warrant for simple and aggravated cruelty to animals.
Both are being held at the Livingston Parish Detention Center on $101,000 bond. Brandon Ducharme has an additional $10,000 bond for failure to appear in relation to the animal cruelty charges.