LPSO investigators find clandestine lab near Olla

Narcotic investigators with the LaSalle Parish Sheriff’s Office arrived at the residence of Albert L. “Butch” Arnold on LA 127 South of Olla at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 21, 2011, for the purpose of serving a search warrant.

Several weeks earlier, narcotic detectives had received information that illegal drugs were being manufactured at this residence and began an investigation into the matter. Enough evidence was gathered to garner a search warrant for the residence.

Upon arrival at the home, officers found that no one was there and a search began for any evidence of illegal activity and officers soon located several items consistent with a clandestine lab for manufacturing methamphetamines.

While officers were searching the residence, Albert Arnold, Joshua Arnold, Matilda Holmes, and Patrick Shipley arrived at the residence. When officers announced their presence, Josh Arnold, Shipley and Holmes ran from the home. All were apprehended after a short foot pursuit.

During a search of each person, officers found a quantity of suspected methamphetamines packaged for sale and syringes that appeared to have been used to inject suspected narcotics.

All four were placed under arrest for various narcotic violations and transported to the LaSalle Parish Jail where they were booked on the following charges:

Albert L. “Butch Arnold, 57, of Olla, charged with creation/operation of a clandestine lab, possession of CDS II (methamphetamines), possession of drug paraphernalia, and a hold was issued by Probation and Parole.

Joshua L. Arnold, 24, of Olla, charged with creation/operation of a clandestine lab, possession of CDS II (methamphetamines), possession of drug paraphernalia, and a hold was issued by Probation and Parole.

Patrick Keith Shipley, 22, of Olla, charged with possession of CDS II (methamphetamines), possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting an officer; and bond was set at $10,500.

Matilda Lynn Holmes, 20, of Olla, charged with creation/possession of a clandestine lab, and bond was set at $15,000.

A large array of drug paraphernalia was seized during a search of a residence near Olla by narcotic investigators with the LaSalle Parish Sheriff’s Office on Dec. 21. Four people were arrested and booked into the parish jail on charges ranging from creation/possession of a clandestine lab to resisting an officer.

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