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Response to Shed Fire Yields "Shake and Bake" Meth Lab - Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Narcotics agents with Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted a search warrant at 3246 Highway 70, Pierre Part Friday, February 7th after Deputies received information concerning a fire that may have been caused by a suspected "Meth Cook Going Bad”. Prior to this search warrant, Pierre Part Fire and Rescue had responded to a reported "Shed Fire” in a residential area around 4:30 am that morning. After processing evidence collected from the scene, Agents determined the presence of pre-cursors of a meth lab operation known as a "shake and bake lab”. Agents then obtained an arrest warrant which was signed by a 23rd Judicial District Judge yesterday morning.

Kevin Pintado, age 36 of 3246 Highway 70, Pierre Part, was taken into custody yesterday afternoon and charged with operation or creation of a clandestine laboratory. Pintado is currently on a five (5) year unsupervised probation for a prior conviction in 2012 after getting credit for time served for the operation or creation of a clandestine laboratory in Pierre Part after a 2011 arrest. Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections (Probation and Parole Division) has placed a hold detainer on him. Pintado is being held in the Assumption Parish Detention Center. His bond has not been set as of the time of this release.

This is an on-gong investigation. Information gathered from the preliminary investigation indicates the cause of the fire was a"zip lock” bag containing a fuel like substance (lantern or gas stove fuel) had caught on fire. Pintado then threw the bag onto a mattress which then also caught on fire. The fire was not a result of an explosion from a "Meth Cook” in process. This shed, which is next door to a family home, was occupied and serving as a living quarters for Pintado.




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