NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Deputies from the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office made a third arrest in connection to the meth lab bust on Press Road Wednesday evening.
A 36-year-old Lufkin woman who lived at the residence was arrested Thursday night and charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of dangerous chemicals with the intent to deliver after NCSO detectives determined that she had a direct connection to the methamphetamine lab found in the home.
Nina Michelle Morales is still being held in the Nacogdoches County Jail on second-degree felony charges of possession of a controlled substance between 4 and 200 grams and possession of dangerous chemicals with the intent to distribute. No bail has been set for Morales at this time.
During the investigation, NCSO detectives learned that Morales and her 16-month-old child had also been living at the residence where the meth lab and about $5,000 worth of methamphetamine were found Wednesday. After learning of her connection to the alleged meth distribution operation, the NCSO deputies obtained arrest warrants for Morales Thursday morning.
NCSO deputies located Morales at a residence near FM 3314 Thursday evening. The 16-month-old child found in her custody was turned over to Child Protective Services. The Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office has requested that a drug test be done on the child because Sheriff Jason Bridges was concerned that the child may have been exposed to the contamination of the meth lab.
"More charges of child endangerment may be filed when the results of those tests come back," a press release from the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office.
Two other suspects were arrested at the scene Wednesday night after the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office executed a probable cause search warrant at a home in the 2900 block of Press Road. When deputies arrived at the home a large meth lab was found inside the residence.
Arrested were Joseph Scott Ogdee, 54, and Johnny Maxwell Watson, both of Nacogdoches. Both men were charged with possession of a controlled substance between 4 and 200 grams and possession of dangerous chemicals with the intent to deliver. Both charges are second-degree felonies. Watson was also charged with having a prohibited weapon.
While no bail has been set for Ogdee at this time, Watson's collective bond was set at $300,000.
According to Bridges, deputies seized several pounds of ammonia fertilizer, chemicals containing muriatic acid, acetone, drain cleaner, starter fluid, Coleman fuel along with other common cooking components used in the production of meth. Deputies also found a sawed-off shotgun, hypodermic needles, and prescription pills.
Two different labs were seized at the residence.
With one lab, the suspects were allegedly using the "shake and bake" method, which commonly is used in plastic bottles and produces about a gram or less of methamphetamine at a time.
Deputies also seized another lab in which the suspects were allegedly producing a larger amount of crystal meth. Bridges said he is concerned about this "one-pot" method of producing crystal meth. He said it's the exact same style used by drug cartels in Mexico.
"And this is not something we have actually seen before that our local distributors have been able to make of actual crystal methamphetamine," Bridges said Thursday.
About 55 grams of meth was seized from the two meth labs.
"What worries me is the quantity that they're able to produce," Bridges said Thursday. "You probably have well over 50 grams inside this bag, maybe more, you're looking at $5,000 worth of methamphetamine in this bag alone."