Three arrested in Ascension Parish meth lab bust, multiple drug-related offenses

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Thursday, May 9, 2013 - 1:00pm

A man and two women have been arrested in Gonzales after a drug bust led to the discovery of a meth lab.

On May 7, the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division began an investigation into drugs being distributed at an apartment in the 39000 block of Hwy 621 in Gonzales.

During the investigation, narcotics detectives arrested Charles Hopp, 32, and Brittney Carlson, 23, for possessing drug paraphernalia.

Further investigation revealed that Hopp, Carlson, and Vanessa Via, 25, all lived in the same apartment.

Narcotics detectives were able to obtain a search warrant for the apartment and executed it a short time later. During the search, narcotics detectives seized a Methamphetamine Lab, Methamphetamine, Marijuana, Hydrocodone pills, Xanax pills, Clonazepam pills, and Soma pills.

Hopp, Carlson and Via were all charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession With Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine, Possession With Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Creation of a Clandestine Lab, Possession of Hydrocodone, Possession of Xanax, Possession of Clonazepam and Possession of Soma,

Hopp also faced charges of Failure to Appear in Court and Resisting an Officer, while Via was also charged with Failure to Appear in Court.


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