GONZALES — City police and Ascension Parish sheriff’s narcotics agents found a Harvey duo, convicted 21/2 years ago of operating a meth lab inside their Geismar bedroom, running another lab Sunday night in a Gonzales motel room, police said Monday.
Authorities found five methamphetamine pots about 9 p.m. Sunday in the motel room of Monica E. Smith, 47, and David R. Smith, 48, at the Supreme Inn and Suites, Charlotte Guedry, a police spokeswoman, said Monday.
The Smiths have been wanted since spring 2013 on allegations of violating their probations from May 2012 meth lab and drug possession convictions in Ascension Parish, court filings show.
The Smiths had been living in the motel room since September, agents discovered after the search Sunday, Guedry said in a news release.
Narcotics agents obtained the search warrant after being informed that Monica Smith, whom sheriff’s deputies also separately want on 13 counts of operating a meth lab, was operating another meth lab out of the motel room, Guedry said.
David Smith also was found in the motel room.
One of the five meth pots in the room was active and a cleanup company had to be called to help with removal, Guedry said.
Arrest warrants from the state Division of Probation and Parole and other filings indicate the Smiths had moved to Harvey from their previous Ascension Parish homes following their convictions in 2012 but absconded Probation and Parole agents.
David Smith was last seen in July 2012, while Monica Smith was last seen by agents in February 2013, the warrants say.
According to their guilty pleas, sheriff’s detectives found three meth labs in the Smiths’ bedroom on Carrie Lane in Geismar on Feb. 1, 2012, as well as meth and other drugs elsewhere in the home. Other defendants were involved in the bust.
The Smiths each were given suspended five-year prison sentences with three years of probation in May 2012 after guilty pleas on the same day, court minutes say.
The Smiths were arrested Sunday and booked into Ascension Parish Prison near Donaldsonville on counts tied to the previous arrest warrants, five counts of operation of a clandestine lab and single counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, Guedry said.
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