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One arrested, one sought in meth lab explosion

3 years 10 months 3 weeks ago February 22, 2013 Feb 22, 2013 Friday, February 22 2013 February 22, 2013 11:49 AM in News
Source: Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office
By: Kevin Davidson

GEISMAR - Deputies in Ascension Parish arrested one person and are looking for a second after a suspected meth lab exploded Thursday night.

Investigators were called to 37313 LA 74, lot 181 after a witness reported hearing a loud explosion then saw flames coming from a bedroom window.

The witness told deputies he saw a man leaving the residence with a large garbage bag.  Deputies say they found items in the residence consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Deputies are looking for Ryan Espinoza, 31.  He's facing charges of creation of a clandestine lab, simple arson, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Espinoza's girlfriend, Christy Cockerham, 35, was arrested at the home.

She's jailed on charges of creation of a clandestine lab and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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