Apr 7, 2014 1:53 PM by KATC
A 35-year-old Morgan City woman wanted on a warrant for shoplifting was arrested and charged with operating a meth lab in the presence of children said police.
Saturday morning, police were called to a house in reference to alleged drug activity on Fifth Street. Officers arrived and located an alleged clandestine lab used to make methamphetamine. Narcotics detectives called to the scene to investigate located Tessa Pilgrim and two children, ages 1-year-old and 3-years-old, in the residence. Narcotics detectives secured the scene and investigated the lab, which was in the process of producing meth, according to police. Several syringes containing suspected methampetamine were also located. A crew was summoned to the scene to clean up the hazardous materials.
According to police, Pilgrim was found to be wanted on an outstanding warrant for the Morgan City Police Department for failing to appear in court on a shoplifting charge. Investigators transported the children to a medical facility to be evaluated due to the hazardous environment and later released to relatives. Tessa Pilgrim was arrested and transported to the Morgan City Police Department where she was booked and incarcerated on the following charges: Create/Operate a Clandestine Lab for the Unlawful Manufacture of CDS; Possession of Schedule II CDS-Methamphetamine; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Illegal Use of Controlled Drug in the Presence of Persons under the age of 17, Warrant: Failure to Appear-Shoplifting