GONZALES - Gonzales police and Ascension Parish sheriff’s narcotics agents found more than 60 clandestine methamphetamine labs early Friday in a home, leading to the arrests of two people, authorities said.
An early morning traffic stop led to the search of a house at 1119 S. Hempshire Ave. in Gonzales, police said in a news release.
Police Chief Sherman Jackson said in an interview agents found likely the largest clandestine lab uncovered in the tri-parish area of Ascension, Assumption and St. James parishes.
He said the house had no furniture or appliances inside but about 60 plastic bottles, or so-called shake-and-bake pods, in which the chemical reaction that creates methamphetamine had been completed.
Three other bottles found in the house were still actively reacting when agents arrived, he said.
The homeowner, David Wade Michael Kunert, 34, 1119 S. Hempshire Ave., also had a substantial amount of suspected methamphetamine along with Lortab, Xanax and Oxycodone, police said in the news release.
Kunert had previously been identified Friday as having a Lexington Avenue address in Gonzales but Jackson said Kunert moved about a year ago from Lexington to Hempshire.
Tanya Marie Garza, 29, 9399 E. La. 936, St. Amant, who was with Kunert, had at least two Adderall pills on her, police said.
Agents also located a substantial amount of drug paraphernalia inside the residence, police said.
Kunert was booked with 63 counts each of manufacturing methamphetamine and creation of a clandestine lab; two counts of possession of schedule II narcotics; and single counts of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine; possession of schedule IV narcotics; and possession of drug paraphernalia, police said.
Garza was booked with single counts each of possession of schedule IV and schedule II narcotics, as well as counts of creation of a clandestine lab; manufacturing schedule II narcotics; and possession of drug paraphernalia, police said.