Over 100 ‘shake-and-bake’ meth labs recovered Baton Rouge home

Photo provided by the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office.
Monday, March 18, 2013 - 7:00pm

Roughly 100 bottles used to make methamphetamine were discovered this afternoon in a Baton Rouge home.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that it was contacted by a Probation and Parole officer, who was conducting a routine visit to a condo located on Missionary Ridge. Officials say the officer reported a possible meth lab and detectives were dispatched to investigate.

Investigators say over 100 “shake-and-bake” bottles were located, but they are “old and did not contain active ingredients.” However, they did discover approximately 12 grams of Methamphetamine in the home.

Christopher Helmke, 32, was placed into custody. Officials have not explained his relationship to the individual being visited by the probation officer.

The Baton Rouge Fire Department’s Haz Mat team was called to the scene at approximately 3:00 p.m. on Monday, March 18, to remove the bottles. They were assisted by the St. George Fire Department.

Helmke was arrested and charged with Possession of Schedule I Narcotics and Creation of a Clandestine Lab.

This investigation is ongoing and more charges may be pending.

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