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RPSO make arrest after finding Deville meth lab

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DEVILLE, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - On March 19, 2014, deputies assigned to the Rapides ParishSheriff's Office Metro Division followed up on tips reporting odd chemicalsmells and suspected manufacture of Methamphetamine at 378 LA Hwy 1206,Deville, LA. 

Deputies arrived and made contact with John Loyd Paul, Jr.in a small camper. 

A distinct chemical odor was detected as the door wasopened by Paul. Deputies observed Paul was exceptionally nervous andtwitching. Deputies explained the complaint and nature of theinvestigation. 

Paul, who was known to deputies to be a convicted felon,admitted there was a firearm and other contraband inside the camper and disclosedthe location, according to RPSO. 

A deputy reported he entered the camper to retrieve the weapon andnoticed a clear glass pan with suspected Methamphetamine drying on a heatingblanket. 

Detectives from the Metro Division responded to the scene toassist in the investigation and neutralizing components. 

Numerouscomponents were located inside the small camper. 

RPSO reported that three separate cookingchambers (bottles), salt, lighter fluid, ammonia nitrate, lye, sulfuric andmuriatic acids were among the chemicals found. 

The firearm, a .32 caliberpistol, also had an obliterated serial number, according to RPSO. 

Paul was taken intocustody without incident and transported to the Rapides Parish DetentionCenter. 

Paul was charged with 1 count Possession of CDS II, 1 count Creation/Operation of a Clandestine Lab, 1 count Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, 1 count Possession of a Firearm with Obliterated SerialNumber, 1 count Illegal Carry of Weapons/Drugs, and 1 count Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. 

Metro Detectives say the investigation is continuing.

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