St. Bernard Sheriff’s Department
Two men were arrested Feb. 3 when St. Bernard Parish narcotics agents took down a methamphetamine lab operating out of a dilapidated camper trailer in Chalmette, St. Bernard Sheriff James Pohlmann said. A woman also was arrested in the investigation.
Frank Peralta, 32, and Jacob Warren, 22, both of the 2500 block of Mumphrey Road in Chalmette, were both booked with creation of a clandestine meth lab. In addition, Peralta was booked with possession of a firearm and possession of Xanax and Suboxone tablets, and Warren was booked on two outstanding attachments out of Jefferson Parish. Jacqueline Peralta, 40, also of Mumphrey Road, was booked with possession of a firearm, possession of Xanax and Suboxone tablets, and traffic violations. Suboxone is a drug used in the heroin weaning process.
Sheriff Pohlmann said narcotics agents came in contact with the individuals during a traffic violation stop. During the course of the investigation, agents recovered a.380 Cobra handgun and learned Frank Peralta and Warren were involved in a meth lab operation which they said was only for personal use. The lab was found in a trailer parked in an industrial area on East Virtue Street in Chalmette.
After obtaining a search warrant for the trailer, agents suited up in hazardous material protective gear discovered various items inside the trailer commonly used in the creation of meth, including plastic tubing, plastic bottles, coffee filters, lithium batteries, salt and aluminum foil.
All three subjects are being held in St. Bernard Parish Prison. Frank Peralta and Jacob Warren’s bonds have both been set at $100,000 each and Jacqueline Peralta’s bond is $40,000.