Police: Meth disguised as candles found on bus _lowres

Photo provided by Baton Rouge Police Department -- Police who stopped a passenger bus on Oct. 16, 2014, on Interstate 12 found methamphentamine mixed in wax, disguised as candles, leading to the arrest of one person.

One person was arrested and 52 candles of methamphetamine were seized after Baton Rouge police stopped a passenger bus on Interstate 12 early Thursday and conducted a search of the luggage cargo area.

During the search, a police dog pointed to a suitcase, where police found the meth, mixed in wax and disguised as candles, police said. Jose Antonio Rodriguez-Lara, 19, of Houston, was arrested and charged with distribution and manufacturing of Schedule II drugs.

The operation was conducted by the Baton Rouge Police Highway Interdiction Unit. The bus is an El Expresso commercial passenger vehicle, which left from Houston heading to Atlanta.

Man hospitalized after apartment fire

Firefighters were called to the scene of an apartment fire Thursday night that damaged two units and sent one man to the hospital.

The Baton Rouge Fire Department received the call at 9:26 p.m. about a fire at the Broadmoor Apartments, 10530 Florida Blvd. Firefighters arrived on scene at 9:31 p.m. to find fire in the kitchen area of one unit and spreading to the apartment above it. The fire was under control at 9:48 p.m.

A 48-year-old resident was transported to a hospital by EMS for burns to the face. Fire damage was contained to two apartments, and three other apartments received water damage. The building houses 26 units.

The cause of the fire is undetermined.

The American Red Cross is providing help to 25 residents of the apartment building, including 12 children.

Four arrested on suspicion of DWI

Authorities arrested at least four people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Thursday and 2:30 p.m. Friday, booking records show.

Those booked and the counts against them:

  • Roberto Castro, 27, 1085 Manson St., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and driver’s license not in possession.
  • Kerry Daigle, 38, 5661 Prescott Road, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, improper lane use, drinking in a motor vehicle and reckless operation.
  • Kristin Sandefer, 34, 337 Chateau Jon, Denham Springs, first-offense DWI, failure to signal, improper turns, failure to yield and license plate required.
  • Daniel Stephens, 27, 721 Napoleon St., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, possession of alcoholic beverage in vehicle and child restraints violation.

Compiled from staff reports. To talk to a crime reporter at The Advocate, call (225) 388-0369.