Another meth lab seized by LPSO narcotic officers

Another methamphetamine lab was found in LaSalle Parish on Monday, April 11, 2011, after narcotic agents with the LaSalle Sheriff’s Office developed information that they received from a concerned citizen of the parish. LPSO narcotic agents armed themselves with a search warrant and went to a residence in Jena, along with LPSO deputies, officers with the Jena Police Department and the Louisiana State Police where the search warrant was served. John Franklin Westbrooks, Jr., 24, was found to be in the process of manufacturing methamphetamine and was placed under arrest. The scene was secured and turned over to the La. State Police for processing and disposal of the lab. Westbrooks was booked into the LaSalle Parish Jail on a charge of operating a clandestine lab. Chief of Narcotics Robert Terral said the investigation is on going and he expects more arrests to be made. Sheriff Scott Franklin commended the officers involved in developing the case and those helping to serve the search warrant. “As I have said before, concerned citizens of this parish who are willing to step forward and provide us information about suspected illegal drug activities is very important to the success we are having on fighting the drug trafficker in the parish,” Sheriff Franklin said. “When narcotic officers get a tip on a suspected illegal activity, they immediately start developing information on the activity and most of the time, it leads to the arrest of someone who is making illegal narcotics or selling them in our communities,” he said. “The war we have waged on illegal narcotics in the parish since I took office as your sheriff three years ago has resulted the arrest of 577 individuals who were involved in these type activities,” he noted. “We continue to solicit the support of our citizens as we try to rid the parish of these types of activities and pledge to you that we will keep up the fight to take illegal narcotics off the streets of our communities,” Franklin stated.