Man arrested after firefighters find meth lab during shed fire

Kevin Pintado
Kevin Pintado

Deputies arrested a Pierre Part man Monday after firefighters uncovered a meth lab last week when they were putting out a fire in a shed where the man lived, the Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office said.

Narcotics agents with the Sheriff’s Office booked Kevin Pintado, 36, into the Assumption Parish Detention Center on a count of operation or creation of a clandestine laboratory.

The beginnings of a meth lab were discovered in the shed at 3246 La. 70 after the Pierre Part Fire and Rescue responded to the fire Friday and alerted the Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office, which obtained a search warrant, according to a news release from Sheriff Mike Waguespack.

Pintado was living in the shed, which is next to a family home, the release said. Firefighters determined the cause of the fire was a plastic bag containing a fuel-like substance that had caught fire, according to the release. Pintado had thrown the bag onto a mattress that also caught fire.

Pintado is on 5-year unsupervised probation for a prior conviction in 2012 for the operation or creation of a clandestine lab also in Pierre Part after an earlier arrest in 2011, according to Waguespack.

Bail had not been set as of Tuesday morning, according to the Sheriff’s Office.