Meth lab set up by carpenter sets fire to apartments
BAYOU CANE - Narcotics agents in Terrebonne Parish accused a man of causing a meth lab fire in a building he was renovating.
The Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office said deputies were called to the apartments in the 6800 block of Main St. in Houma to investigate a fire the Bayou Cane Fire Department was working. Investigators determined the apartments, which were in the process of being remodeled, were set on fire by an active methamphetamine laboratory. Firefighters were able to put out the flames before it harmed any residents or spread to nearby property.
Agents from the Terrebonne Parish Narcotics Task Force recovered multiple items used in meth creation from the scene. Narcotics agents said they contacted 56-year-old David Clement, a homeless carpenter employed to remodel the apartment complex, and during questioning he admitted to setting up the lab.
Narcotics agents booked Clement on charges of aggravated arson along with creating and operating a clandestine lab for the manufacture of methamphetamine. Clement was still in the Terrebonne Parish Jail on a $25,000 bond as of Tuesday afternoon.