Two jailed for meth, neglect of vulnerable adult
By Dwayne Bremer
May 23, 2014, 20:02
Bay St. Louis police on Wednesday busted this home on Easterbrook and located numerous items used to make meth. Two people were arrested and police discovered that the tenants of the home had been neglecting a 72-year-old woman.
Two people were arrested Wednesday, police said, after a meth lab was discovered at a Bay St. Louis home where the occupants were supposed to be taking care of an elderly woman.
Bay St. Louis Police Chief Mike De Nardo said Thursday that Jeffrey Allen Brown, 34, and Ila Jane Boswell, 42, were both charged with generation of hazardous waste, possession of controlled substance, and abuse/neglect of an incapacitated adult.
Bay Narcotics Agent James Burch said Friday that his office had been receiving several tips about narcotics activity at the home on Easterbrook Street.
On Wednesday, police executed a search warrant at the residence and discovered numerous items used to make meth, Burch said.
Police also learned that a 72-year-old woman had been staying there and the woman had not had a bath in several weeks, Burch said.
"There was no water going to the home," Burch said. "The elderly woman was a relative of Mr. Brown. They were making meth and the woman was unable to take a bath for quite a bit of time."
It is unclear what Boswell's relationship to Brown was, but both people were at the residence when officers served the search warrant.
Police located several "shake and bake" bottles, chemicals and precursors to make meth, and other paraphernalia, Burch said.
Boswell and Brown were arrested without incident and transported to the Hancock County Jail, where they remained in custody at press time Friday.
Burch said Wednesday's arrest was part of "Operation Clean Sweep," an initiative BPD began earlier this year.
So far, Burch said, the operation has resulted in 15 narcotics-related arrests, the seizure of seven guns, six pounds of marijuana, prescription pills and crack cocaine, stolen military equipment, and several meth labs.
"Our goal is to continue to suppress the drug activity in our city," Burch said. "We have accomplished a lot, but we are still working towards more arrests."
Burch said his department has secured six additional arrest warrants because of Clean Sweep and it currently looking for those suspects.
De Nardo said the public has been a big ally in the operation.
"Our guys have been working hard and the public has helped us out a lot," he said. "If anyone has any information about narcotics activity, we ask them to call us. You do not have to leave your name. We will check into any complaint.
Burch said people can report narcotics activity by calling BPD at 228-467-9222 or central dispatch at 228-255-9191.