LIVINGSTON — A Livingston man convicted of two counts of operating an illegal methamphetamine lab was sentenced to 30 years in prison, District Attorney Scott Perrilloux reported Wednesday.

Jerry R. Howze, 40, was arrested in October 2010 when his probation officer discovered a duffel bag full of ingredients for meth, Perrilloux said in the release.

After being released on bail, Howze was arrested again in April 2011 after deputies were called to a home on Walker North Road in Walker, the release says.

When they arrived, they found an operating meth lab, the release says.

Howze pleaded guilty in June 2011 to the counts, the release says.

Due to his prior criminal record, he was given 15 years for each count, the release says.

He was sentenced Sept. 1 by Judge Ernest G. Drake of the 21st Judicial District, which is comprised of Livingston, St. Helena and Tangipahoa parishes.