Posted: Oct 16, 2012 6:22 PM by Adrian Pittman
Updated: Oct 16, 2012 6:22 PM
ZACHARY- A couple in Zachary are behind bars for drug charges, and their apartment faces a hefty cleanup after police said they found a meth lab inside.
Police accused Jeremy Beavers and his wife Marcelle of making meth in their apartment at 1135 Willow Creek Drive in Zachary.
It was the the smell of ammonia and other chemicals which prompted neighbors to call police.
"'You could smell that all over the place, and it was all hours of the day and night, and it was a constant. You couldn't put your finger on it, but you knew it was going on," a neighbor who didn't want to be identified told News 2.
The chemicals used in the meth lab makes the house unlivable until it goes through a rigorous cleanup. So that's where companies like X-Treme Cleaners step in.
"You can't have your maintenance people do it, janitorial services do it," said company owner Lawrence Douglas. "It has to be a company that understands both the EPA and the DEQ requirements for remediation."
If the material isn't disposed of properly, it could put residents and their neighbors at risk.
"They need to make sure those are done and it's done properly before you allow anyone back into that property. Otherwise you'll be going to have civil issues with people getting sick," Douglas said.
The Zachary Police Department also has to foot the bill for the clean up, at least for now.
"We don't have the funding for it, so we have to find the money to pay it off, and hopefully we can recur our debt from back from the suspect," said Zachary Police Chief David McDavid.
The couple was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish jail.