By Deidre Wilson
Charges are pending against a man and a woman after officers from the Lafayette Police Department allegedly discovered an active “shake and bake” methamphetamine lab in their home at 205 Chamberlain Avenue on Wed., May 30.
William Christopher Andrews, 31, and Misty Lee Summers, 32, were arrested later that night after returning to the home, which had been condemned in accordance with state laws.
“We put up state seals that say for no one to enter until it is cleaned up. If anyone enters, it’s considered criminal trespassing,” said Lafayette Police Chief Ray Amalfitano.
Andrews and Summers were charged with one count each of criminal trespassing. Andrews was also charged with one count of possession of drug paraphernalia and one count of drug possession by Sgt. Shane Reed, who discovered the two returning to the residence.
According to the affidavit of complaint filed by Sgt. Reed, during a search of Andrews’ person, he discovered a container which “had what tested positive for Methamphetamine”Sgt. Reed also found a glass pip in Andrews’ vehicle that he alleges appeared to be used for smoking meth.
According to Chief Amalfitano, the department received a tip from another law enforcement agency early Wednesday morning. After which, he says he conducted his own investigation to determine who the people were and where they were living.
He then contacted the 15th Drug Task Force, and members of both organizations went to the home, where they received consent to search inside.
Chief Amalfitano says they discovered a working meth lab in the home’s bathroom.
He also says one of Summers’ four children was in the home.
The Department of Children’s Services (DCS) was contacted, and they took the children, whose ages are between 5-13 years, to the hospital for examination.
As of Friday, the children were in the custody of DCS.
Additionally, Chief Amalfitano says the residence was found to be within 400 feet of a church and a day care center.
“The Lafayette Police Department is not going to put up with that. We’re not going to stand for it,” said Chief Amalfitano.
“The men and women of this department will strive to fight against that. We want to make this community as safe as possible.”
Summers is scheduled to appear in Macon County General Sessions Court on Aug. 15. Andrews is scheduled to appear in Macon County General Sessions court on Aug. 13, 15, and 16.