Two Raceland Men Arrested after Deputies and Agents Foil Plan to Produce Meth

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced two Raceland men were arrested after intelligence allowed deputies and agents to foil plans to produce methamphetamine. Lee Babin (27, W/M) and Cody Cortez (32, W/M) were arrested after admitting to purchasing items to produce methamphetamine, and that they had stopped upon deputies’ arrival.
 
Through investigation, Lafourche Parish Drug Task Force Agents obtained information that Babin and Cortez were manufacturing methamphetamine at Cortez’s trailer, at 2024 B Highway 308 in Raceland. On Sunday afternoon, agents coordinated with patrol deputies who were first on scene, and upon arrival, made contact with Cortez. They also saw another man, later identified as Babin, crouching behind the trailer and made contact with him. Agents arrived on scene discovered several items commonly used to manufacture methamphetamine. Members of the Lafourche Parish Combined Meth Lab Response Team were called to the scene to process the meth lab. During questioning, both men admitted to buying materials to manufacture methamphetamine, including medication containing pseudoephedrine.
 
Babin and Cortez were each arrested and charged with Creation or Operation of a Clandestine Laboratory for the Unlawful Manufacture of a Controlled Dangerous Substance. They were transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux and booked accordingly. Babin remains in jail in lieu of $15,000 bond as set by Judge F. Hugh Larose, and Cortez was released on Monday after posting $15,000 bond.
 
Sheriff Webre applauded the efforts of the task force. “This is a great sign for our community that our agents are giving their best efforts to not only arrest those creating methamphetamine, but also halting production before it begins,” said Sheriff Webre. “In doing so, we are preventing the possibility of an explosion which can easily occur during meth production, endangering not only the producer, but surrounding residents as well.”
 
Sheriff Webre wishes to remind residents to report any suspicious activity to the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office. Citizens can also submit information anonymously through Crime Stoppers Bayou Region. This will help prevent crime before it occurs.  

Two Raceland Men Arrested after Deputies and Agents Foil Plan to Produce Meth

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