ANGELINA CO., TX (KTRE) – A small explosion off of Coach Redd Road in Angelina County rattled neighbors who called law enforcement to report hearing the explosion and seeing a large fireball.
"Patrolman Kenneth Lavergne who had been advised by narcotics officers of possible Meth lab at the residence was checking the area and over heard people inside a small camper talking about cooking Meth," said Sgt. Allen Hill, Angelina County Sheriff's department.
When deputies arrived at the scene they say they smelled what they knew to be the odor of a Meth lab. They knocked on the door to a small camper and when the occupant opened the door, deputies noticed the place to be full of smoke and the odor of the lab became overwhelming, according to Hill.
All four people at the residence were detained and narcotics officers Hill and deputy Tom Matthews were called to investigate. Inside they found two shake and bake labs, several grams of finished Meth, a stolen pistol, and a sawed off shotgun.
Arrested were Beth Ann Fetzer, 32, (bonds totaling $125,000), James Scott Harrelson, 28, (bonds totaling $126,500), Alice Shianne Horton, 20, (bonds totaling $125,000) and James Thomas Ward, 25, (bonds totaling $140,000).
The four are charged with possession of certain chemicals with intent to manufacture Methamphetamines and possession of Methamphetamines and Thomas Ward the owner of the residence was additionally charged with felon in possession of a firearm and possession of a prohibited weapon.