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 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.