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St. Bernard deputies bust meth lab behind Chalmette house

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Cpl. Jessica Gernados of the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit puts on a decontamination suit as she prepares to decontaminate three young children who lived in the house (SBSO) Cpl. Jessica Gernados of the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit puts on a decontamination suit as she prepares to decontaminate three young children who lived in the house (SBSO)
Melissa Huy (left) and Rachel Butler after their arrests (SBSO) Melissa Huy (left) and Rachel Butler after their arrests (SBSO)
Dino Huy Jr. (SBSO photo) Dino Huy Jr. (SBSO photo)

UPDATE - FOX 8 received this update from the St. Bernard Sheriff's Office Thursday afternoon:

A 26-year-old Chalmette man sought since Wednesday in a meth operation found at his house was arrested Thursday after the Sheriff's Office received information on him, Sheriff James Pohlmann said.

Dino Huy Jr., 1x West Chalmette Circle, just north of West St. Bernard Highway, was found in Chalmette by Narcotics Unit officers. Huy was already on probation in St, Tammany Parish for possession of amphetamine, authorities said.

His wife, Melissa Huy, 38, and another woman, Rachel Butler, 34, who lives on Mumphrey Road in Chalmette, were arrested Wednesday evening at the Huy residence. 

Sheriff's narcotics agents had received information that meth might be being made at the Huy house and the couple's three young children might be in danger, the Sheri said.

Agents, assisted by the Parish Fire Department which supplied the water to decontaminate everyone in the house in a makeshift tent set up, initially found the women and children there.

Bottles and ingredients for making meth were located in a shed behind the house.

The home was later searched and a small amount of meth was seized, Sheriff Pohlmann said.

It was described as a small meth operation.

Both of the Huys and Butler have been booked with operating a meth lab, possession of meth and child endangerment.

The husband and wife were additionally both booked with manufacture of meth.

The children, two girls 5 months old and 7 years old, and a 4- year-boy, were all examined at Children's Hospital and later

released to family relatives.

Pending the outcome of tests on the kids, the three suspects could face further charges, authorities said.

Melissa Huy was being held in St. Bernard Prison in lieu of $350,000 bond, while Butler was held in lieu of $175,000 bond.

No bond has been set for Dino Huy Jr.

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FOX 8 received this news release from the St. Bernard Sheriff's Office Wednesday evening:

Two women were arrested and one's husband is sought after St. Bernard Parish narcotics agents broke up a small meth lab behind a Chalmette house late Wednesday afternoon, acting on information that three young children in the house could be in danger, Sheriff James Pohlmann said.

Two girls, one an infant 5 months-old and the other 7 years-old, and a 4-year-old boy, lived with their mother and her husband at the house [on] West Chalmette Circle, just off St. Bernard Highway across from the port of St. Bernard office building, the sheriff said.

All three children were decontaminated as a precaution, in a makeshift tent set up outside by St. Bernard firefighters, then were to be taken to Children's Hospital for examination.

Arrested about 5 p.m. were Melissa Huy, 38, mother of the children, who lived at the house with her husband, Dino Huy Jr., 26. Also arrested was Rachel Butler, 34, 2xxx Mumphrey Road, Chalmette, who was in the house, Sheriff Pohlmann said. Both will be booked with manufacture of methamphetamine and endangerment of juveniles.

Dino Huy wasn't home and is being sought on the same counts, the sheriff said. Narcotics agent spoke with the husband by cell phone but he hadn't surrendered by Wednesday evening and a warrant for his arrest will be sought, authorities said. They said Dino Huy is currently on probation from St. Tammany Parish for possession of amphetamine.

The two women were also to be decontaminated as a precaution before they can be brought into St. Bernard Prison to be booked.

Narcotics agents, commanded by Major Chad Clark, had received information that meth might be being made at the residence and the children there could be in danger.

Officers found bottles and ingredients for making meth in a shed behind the house and described it as a small meth operation, the sheriff said.

He said sheriff's officials believe meth was being made and used and the house will be searched Wednesday night with the help of a meth team from the St. Tammany Sheriff's Office. The federal Drug Enforcement Administration is sending a clean-up crew for the house, the sheriff said.

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