Apr 1, 2011 6:37 PM by Maddie Garrett

Meth Labs Growing Problem in Acadiana

Narcotics agents arrested one man in connection with a shake and bake methamphetamine operation in Carencro Friday, after finding by-products in the 600 block of Benoit Road. Agents said they've seen a significant increase in meth labs just this year alone.

Glenn Usie's step-son, Brett Barrilleaux, was arrested in connection with a shake and bake meth lab Friday. But Usie said he started seeing signs of meth use three weeks ago.

"He was acting strange, he was moving around 90 miles an hour but didn't do nothing," said Usie.

Lafayette Metro Narcotics Captain John Babin predicts the problem will only get worse.

"Unfortunately it is a growing thing. I think since the beginning of the year this is our third meth lab. All of last year we only dealt with five, so it could be a busy year," said Babin.

Usie knows the problem goes beyond his household.

"It's not just in Carencro, it's not just on this street, it's everywhere," he said.

Usie said his 22-year-old stepson was acting bizarre again Friday morning, so his mother called 9-1-1. That's when narcotics agents showed up at their door.

"This has destroyed everything, it's hurting his momma," said Usie.

Agents found meth by-products in Usie's yard, as well as down the street. It was that evidence that led to Barrilleax's arrest.

Usie said Barrilleaux has a new baby, and meth has damaged his family.

"He could have been anything he wanted, because he was smart. But just using this stuff... it was unbelievable what it did to him," he said.

Now Barrilleaux is facing felony charges.



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