Ascension Parish couple booked on meth lab counts

An Ascension Parish couple was arrested Thursday at a Gonzales motel on counts of operating a methamphetamine lab and related drug violations, sheriff’s deputies said Friday.

The arrests came after state Probation and Parole agents went to the motel to take the husband into custody on a parole violation and found illegal drugs in the motel room, the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office reported in a news release.

The agents, along with sheriff’s narcotics detectives later called to the scene, found methamphetamine, Xanax, precursors used to manufacture methamphetamine, other prescription pills and drug paraphernalia in the room.

Thomas and Loni Babin, both 31, of 17244 Joe Boy Road, Prairieville, were sharing the room, deputies said. Deputies did not identify the motel Friday.

Thomas Babin was booked into the Ascension Parish Prison two counts of illegal possession of a prescription drug, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, creation/operation of a clandestine lab, and probation violation, deputies said.

Loni Babin was booked on counts of possession of Xanax, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and creation/operation of a clandestine lab, deputies said.

Both defendants were awaiting bail to be set Friday.