Jason Causey (Picture source: Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office)
Jimmy Ray Crow, Jr.
WALKER, LA (WAFB) - Livingston Parish sheriff's deputies say they made the biggest meth lab bust ever in the parish at a trailer home in Walker early Tuesday morning.
The bust happened at a house on LA Hwy 447 north of LA Hwy 1019, about ten miles north of Walker. This is a very rural part of the parish.
Deputies arrested Jason Causey, Jimmy Ray Crow, Jr., and Thomas Johnson. The three are being held on a combined bond of over $7 million.
The exact amount of drugs or products that have been confiscated has not been released, but deputies estimate the trio was manufacturing about $20,000 worth of meth per month. Wearing protective gear, deputies say they found evidence of 39 meth labs.
Investigators say they found lots of plastic bottles, plenty of pill boxes, lithium, camp fuel, piping, and filters. They counted 71 boxes of cold medicine. They estimate each small box can crank out two grams of meth.
Deputies say the suspects were making meth using the "shake and bake" method. It involves putting fuel and fire in a container, such as a soda bottle, then applying pressure. This method is very dangerous because the bottle can easily explode.
Officials say this seizure will put a dent in the meth traffic taking place in the parish but they know others out there will be willing to step in to replace those arrested.
They also credit the public with this bust. Deputies say an anonymous tip is what led them to the home.