Man accused of running meth lab from Baton Rouge apartment

East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s detectives arrested a 32-year-old man Monday accused of using 100 bottles in a “shake-and-bake” style methamphetamine lab in his Missionary Ridge Court apartment, a sheriff’s spokeswoman said.

Sheriff’s detectives were contacted Monday afternoon by the Office of Probation and Parole after receiving information about a possible meth lab at Christopher Helmke’s apartment at 16623 Missionary Ridge, Casey Rayborn Hicks said in a news release.

Detectives later found about 100 bottles inside the apartment, Hicks said.

The bottles were being used as miniature, “shake-and-bake” style meth labs but were inactive when found, Hicks said.

Detectives also found a package of meth that weighed about 12 grams — or about a half ounce, including the package weight, Hicks said.

Helmke has been booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on one count each of possession of schedule I narcotics and creation of a clandestine lab, Hicks said.

This investigation is ongoing, and more counts may be pending, Hicks said.

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