Friday, May 24, 2024


PORTER – For the second time in less than two weeks, the Pct. 4 Constable’s Office has shut down an active methamphetamine lab. This time the lab was mobile.

Around 5 a.m. Tuesday morning, Deputy Boudreaux tried to initiate a traffic stop on a 1993 Dodge pickup near the intersection of FM 1314 and Hwy 59, but the suspect refused to stop. Deputy Boudreaux initiated a pursuit, which soon ended at an apartment complex on Partner’s Way. The suspect parked his vehicle in front of a multiple dwelling unit and fled on foot into a nearby wooded area. Deputies gave chase but were unable to apprehend the suspect.

When Deputy Boudreaux returned to the vehicle, he found what was later determined to be an active methamphetamine lab inside the truck. Deputies secured the scene and contacted a Houston-based Texas Department of Public Safety Methamphetamine Initiative Group (MIG) to process the chemicals and evidence inside the vehicle. A hazardous materials crew was contracted to dispose of the items and the Porter Fire Department responded to the scene to standby in case the volatile chemicals ignited. When the chemicals began to react, the residents of two nearby units in the complex were evacuated.

Constable Kenneth “Rowdy” Hayden, who also responded to the scene, said the apartment complex is not a frequent location of calls for service and is considered “family-oriented.” Constable Hayden pointed out children playing in the courtyard of the complex and the presence of a popular daycare center less than a block away.

“This is a good example of why we are attacking this problem with every available resource,” Constable Hayden said. “Law-abiding citizens are trying to raise their children here, and they should be able to do so without being endangered by explosive chemicals or the criminals who use them.”

A suspect has been identified, and his name will be released after the initial investigation has concluded and the evidence is processed.

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