A knife fight between two lovers led to the uncovering of an elaborate hidden drug lab not far from a Baker school on Thursday.
An officer showed up around 8:30 a.m. to the 14000 block of Oak Bend Drive in Baker where Clarence Jackson, Jr., 41, was fighting with his live-in girlfriend, according to a Baker Police affidavit of probable cause. After being punched, Johnson’s partner grabbed a knife and cut Johnson, who eventually wrested the weapon from the woman’s hand.
During the investigation into the domestic abuse incident less than 1,000 feet from the Bethany Christian School — a pre-K through 12th grade institution — authorities noticed “an overwhelming odor of raw marijuana” from the interior of Jackson’s residence, according to the affidavit. Inside were unmarked medication bottles filled with crystal meth, tranquilizers, psychostimulants, and Tylenol with codeine.
After spotting Jackson’s son trying to hide a box outside, authorities found the box contained a Ziplock bag with over 90 grams of white powder, later determined to be a type of opioid, according to the affidavit.
Officers also found a storage room with a “clandestine marijuana grow laboratory” consisting of planting pots, indoor grow lights, water pumps, timers, electrical wiring, literature on marijuana cultivation and exhaust fans, according to authorities. The lab wasn’t in use, but Johnson copped to preparing it for future operation.
Jackson also admitted to using the white powder, a sleep aid, as an ingredient in synthetic marijuana he sold in several southern states, according to the statement.
Jackson was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on counts of domestic abuse battery and several drug possession counts including creation of a clandestine lab in a school zone. His bond was set at $57,500, according to jail records.