Couple accused of having meth lab components
WALKER - Police in Walker arrested a Denham Springs couple after officers said they found a "one pot" meth lab in their car this week.
Police accused Selena Ducharme, 35, and Brandon Ducharme, 34, of creating and operating a meth lab as well as possessing marijuana and other drug paraphernalia.
Officers said they found the couple in their vehicle Thursday afternoon in the parking lot of a Walker office building. The department had received reports of a suspicious vehicle in the area, and police said they spotted a marijuana pipe in the car when they approached.
Officers said they got the couple's consent to search the vehicle, and inside found the parts for a "one pot" meth lab. Police also said they found a small amount of marijuana in the car.
Walker Police Captain John Sharp said that even though the components weren't assembled into an active lab, they were still dangerous.
"Not only is the manufacturing of methamphetamine extremely dangerous, but so is the handling, transporting and storage of the lab components," explained Captain Sharp. "As a consequence, experts in the removal, handling and cleanup of the materials used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine are critical, in order to reduce the risk to the public and officers."
Police booked the couple into the Livingston Parish jail. Officers said Brandon Ducharme was also charged with having no insurance and booked on an outstanding warrant for simple and aggravated cruelty to animals.