Authorities make Tangipahoa meth bust, three children inside

Cameron Perry, 42 (TPSO)
Cameron Perry, 42 (TPSO)

Independence, La.- Police arrested four people Thursday for manufacturing meth and having hazardous materials inside a residence where three children were present. 

Agents from the Tangipahoa Parish Narcotics Division, Tri Parish Narcotics Task Force and Independence Police Department obtained a search warrant for a residence on the Highway 40 in Independence.

Agents located Cameron Perry,42, Andreka Perry, 20, Lee Richard Chabaud, 36, Carol Morgan, 41, along with two five-year-old children and an eight-year-old child inside the residence.

Andreka Perry, who is several months pregnant, was in a bedroom with Cameron Perry and Chabaud where precursor materials used to manufacture methamphetamine, methamphetamine and needles used to ingest meth and several other drug paraphernalia items were found.

Auhtorities also discovered materials used for the packaging, manufacturing, and/or using of methamphetamine.

Police say the home had an intense chemical odor that is commonly produced when manufacturing meth.

Morgan was exiting the bathroom at the time agents entered the home and the three small children were in the living room area.

Outside of the door, one pot meth lab along with precursors used to make meth were hidden inside a household garbage can.

Investigators say all materials located were readily accessible to the children and Perry and Morgan both admitted to ingesting meth through injection just minutes before police arrived.

Hazardous material cleanup crews and an ambulance was called to the scene to transfer the children to a local hospital for toxicology reports.

The Department of Child and Family Services took custody of the children and say they are doing well.

Perry, Morgan and Chabaud were charged with three counts of child endangerment under drug law, and manufacturing methamphetamine.

Cameron Perry was charged possession of schedule II methamphetamine, manufacturing methamphetamine and three counts of child endangerment.

All four adults remain in the Tangipahoa Parish Jail.