RPSO arrest two for allegedly running a meth lab - KALB-TV News Channel 5 & CBS 2

RPSO arrest two for allegedly running a meth lab

© Daniel Mayo © Daniel Mayo
© Ronnie Vidrine © Ronnie Vidrine

ELMER, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - On July 11, detectives assigned to the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office followed up on a Crime Stoppers tip reporting the manufacturing of methamphetamine in Elmer. 

The tip stated there was regular “cooking” of methamphetamine by Daniel Mayo, 44 at his home in Elmer. 

Detectives responded to Mayo’s home.   According to RPSO, Mayo consented to an exterior search of the home, but denied access to the home. 

Detectives noticed a used “pill wash” that was reportedly used to extract pseudoephedrine from pills. Detectives said there were also remnants of older labs. 

A search warrant for the home was obtained,  and inside the home suspected pseudoephedrine and several components used in the manufacture of methamphetamine was reported found. 

Mayo told detectives that a man named, Ronnie Vidrine, 41 of Otis, had just left the home and items found belonged to him.  A loaded rifle belonging to Mayo was also found in the home. 

Mayo is reportedly a convicted felon and is prohibited from owning or possessing firearms. 

Ronnie Vidrine arrived at the home and was contacted by detectives. 

According to RPSO, coffee filters, acid and other components were located in his vehicle.  Rapides Parish Haz-Mat units responded to the home and rendered the scene safe. 

Both men had outstanding warrants and were taken into custody.

They were transported to the Rapides Parish Detention Center. 

Mayo is being charged with creation and operation of a clandestine lab, firearm possession by a felon, and   failure to pay fine warrant

Mayo is being held on a $7.500.00 bond.

Vldrien is being charged with creation and operation of a clandestine lab and   contempt of court warrant.

VIdrine is being held without bond at this time.


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