Police break up Reserve meth lab

Published 12:16 pm Friday, July 17, 2015

RESERVE — Two men with a combined 61 career arrests are once again behind bars after St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies received a tip regarding possible methamphetamine production.

Parish deputies responded to a wooded area near Jean Marie Street in Reserve just after midnight Thursday morning after receiving a report of possible drug activity, authorities said.

Jamie Cambre

Jamie Cambre

A complainant told deputies Jamie Cambre, 38, of Jean Marie Street and Christopher Trosclair, 33, of East 15th Street in Reserve may be attempting to cook methamphetamine.

Christopher Trosclair

Christopher Trosclair

“When the deputy arrived to the area, he saw precursors necessary for the manufacture of methamphetamine,” Sheriff Mike Tregre said in a release. “Due to the general dangers associated with the investigation of a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory, narcotics detectives were called to the scene for further investigation.”

Tregre said Cambre and Trosclair arrived at the scene while the investigation was taking place.

“The deputy detained Cambre for investigation and Trosclair fled on an ATV,” Tregre said. “A short time later, deputies located and detained Trosclair attempting to hide under an abandoned house on East 15th Street.”

Tregre said the investigation revealed Cambre and Trosclair were in the final stages of the process to produce methamphetamine, adding narcotics detectives saw evidence in the wooded area of previous clandestine methamphetamine laboratories.

Technicians trained in deactivating and neutralizing active methamphetamine laboratories were called to safely dismantle and remove the laboratory and other materials from previous clandestine laboratories, Tregre said.

Cambre was arrested and booked with distribution/manufacture of methamphetamine.

As of press time Friday, he remained in custody in lieu of a $35,000 bond set by Judge Sterling Snowdy.

Authorities said Cambre has been arrested 25 times in St. John Parish since October 1994.

Trosclair was arrested and booked with distribution/manufacture of methamphetamine and resisting a deputy.

As of press time Friday, he remained in custody in lieu of a $36,500 bond set by Snowdy and a Louisiana probation and parole hold.

Authorities said Trosclair has been arrested 36 times in St. John Parish since March 1999.