Two arrested after meth bust at motel

by Brandon Richards

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Calcasieu Sheriff's Department arrested Gena Leblanc, 46, of Sulphur, and Tommy Luther Carroll, 33, of Lake Charles, Saturday morning on suspicion of operating a meth lab in a motel room at the Oasis Inn and Suites, located at 1000 Lake Shore Drive in Lake Charles.

Authorities say the motel manager discovered a suspicious package near a stairwell on the grounds and called the sheriff's office at 8:40 A.M.

Sheriff deputies say once they arrived at the motel and determined the contents of the package were used to manufacture meth, they asked to check the room of Leblanc and Carroll. Deputies say the pair let authorities search their room.

"[We] obtained permission to check their room out, where we also found additional evidence of ingredients and materials commonly associated with meth labs," Lieutenant Craig Stubbs said.

LeBlanc and Carroll were each charged with two counts of creating a clandestine lab and drug paraphernalia. LeBlanc was also charged with illegally carrying a weapon.

Authorities also say no motel occupants were evacuated during the investigation.

Leblanc and Carroll are in the custody of the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office.

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