Minden Press-Herald

Sep 30th

Cook travels south to stock meth kitchen

michael_bradshawAn Arkansas man crossed the line when he came to north Louisiana to stock his friend's meth lab.

Michael Donovan Bradshaw, 50, of Camden, Arkansas, was arrested Friday by members of the North Webster Drug Task Force and charged with creation of a clandestine lab and criminal conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.

Webster Parish Sheriff's Lt. Shawn Baker and Springhill detective Ronald Wedgeworth were alerted to Bradshaw's presence at a local pharmacy in Springhill, where he purchased Pseudoephedrine, a main precursor in manufacturing methamphetamine.

"We knew this subject from a traffic stop approximately four weeks ago," Baker said. "He and two other subjects all purchased pills from different pharmacies in Springhill."

Baker said the three admitted the pills were to be used in the illegal manufacturing of methamphetamine.

"All of the subjects were released and allowed to return to Camden," Baker said.

Friday, Bradshaw was reportedly stopped on a traffic violation, advised of his Miranda rights and gave consent for Baker and Wedgeworth to search his vehicle.

A box of antihistamine/decongestant pills was allegedly located in the front passenger seat of the vehicle.

"Bradshaw said he was going to take the pills to a friend in Camden, and he was going to manufacture methamphetamine with the pills," Baker said. "He admitted he has been gathering meth precursors for this friend for approximately two years. In exchange, he receives approximately one-half of a gram of meth from each cook for buying the supplies needed."

Baker said Bradshaw gave an oral statement and taped interview in reference to the investigation. He was booked into Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.






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