Westlake house fire leads to discovery of meth lab

By Special to the American Press

Two local men are facing charges after a house fire in Westlake led to the discovery of a meth lab, authorities said.

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Kim Myers said a home at 816 Bee Tree St. caught on fire early Friday morning.

“Detectives with the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force were unable to make contact with the homeowner or any occupants, so a search warrant was obtained,” Myers said in a news release. “During a search of the home, detectives located several items that were consistent with creation or operation of a clandestine lab.”

The Westlake Police Department arrested 23-year-old Andrew C. Bertrand, 1371 Belfield St. in Moss Bluff, after he was seen loitering in the front yard of the home on Bee Tree Street.

“When questioned by C.A.T. Team detectives, Bertrand confirmed he was present in the house and was involved in the process of manufacturing meth when an unexpected chemical reaction occurred, causing the house to catch on fire,” Myers said. “Bertrand was arrested and charged with creation/operation of a clandestine lab.”

Judge Wilford Carter set Bertrand’s bond at $25,000.

Myers said detectives eventually located a resident of the Bee Tree home, 33-year-old Daniel “Troy” Olivier Sr.

“When detectives found Olivier, they discovered he had suffered severe burns from the house fire,” Myers said. “Olivier was transported to a local hospital and then transferred to a Lafayette hospital due to the severity of his injuries. Once released, Olivier will be arrested and charged with creation/operation of a clandestine lab.”