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Feb 28, 2013 9:22 AM by AP

Gonzales man booked in meth lab case

GONZALES, La. (AP) - Authorities have arrested a 36-year-old Gonzales man accused of operating a methamphetamine lab in his home.

Scott Bateman was booked Tuesday with operating a clandestine lab, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Louisiana State Probation and Parole agents went to Bateman's home on a routine visit because he had been placed on probation for possession of methamphetamine and simple burglary convictions.

During the visit, agents found what appeared to be a methamphetamine lab and drug paraphernalia. Agents then contacted Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office narcotics detectives.

The detectives confirmed that Bateman did have a methamphetamine lab in his home. Deputies removed the methamphetamine lab from the home and disposed of the materials.

It was unclear whether Bateman has an attorney.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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