CENTRAL, LA (FOX44) — A man and woman were arrested for allegedly operating a meth lab. Investigators learned about the illegal drug operation after the two were linked to a theft.
According to the arrest report, a deputy with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office was on patrol in Central on Monday, Sept. 16 when he noticed something suspicious. He saw a white Chevy Tahoe stopped in the middle of Wax Road near the intersection of Willowbrook.
“A female then exited the vehicle and walked back into the Wal-Mart parking lot,” the arrest report noted. “The driver then made a left from Wax onto Willowbrook without utilizing a left turn signal. I then initiated a traffic stop.”
The deputy questioned the driver, Polo Mouton, 30, of Denham Springs, about the female who got out of his vehicle.
“He stated he knew her as Charly and did not know why she got out, and that they had just left Wal-Mart,” the deputy explained. “I then observed a hypodermic needle that was located in the driver door console that was located in plain view.”
At the same time the deputy heard a call on the scanner that a theft had just occurred at the Wal-Mart and the suspect was seen leaving in a white Chevrolet Tahoe.
The deputy placed Mouton under arrest. The deputy then conducted a search of Mouton’s vehicle and recovered several hypodermic syringes, a partially used 32 oz bottle of Coleman camp fuel, 1 Hydrogen Chloride generator which consists of a glass bottle containing salt and nylon tubes, 1 pack of nylon tubing, 1 box of Pseudoephedrine, a pink case which contained 3 hypodermic syringes and a spoon with brown residue.
The female, later identified as Charly Brock, 23, of Baton Rouge, explained to investigators that she was at the Wal-Mart that night with another person. She ran into Mouton at the store and he allegedly asked her to steal some camp fuel and coffee filters because he had no money.
After further investigation, it was learned that the encounter at the Wal-Mart was not by chance. Rather, she had spent the past several weeks with Mouton and she knew the items he requested were going to be used for making methamphetamine.
Brock eventually admitted that she was a habitual user of the drug and she stole the items for Mouton with the intention of being provided meth in exchange.
Pharmacy records indicate that both Brock and Mouton had purchased unusual amounts of products containing ephedrine, which is used for making methamphetamine. Mouton had been banned from any additional purposes on several occasions.
Brock has a prior arrest from April 2013 that includes charges for Operation/Creation of a Meth Lab and then another arrest in July 2013 for Theft of a Firearm and Aggravated Burglary.
Mouton and Brock were both arrested and charged with Creation of a Drug Lab and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. They were booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.
Brock’s bond was set at $9,000. Mouton’s bond was set at $10,100.