On February 5, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a mobile home on Beau Drive near Franklinton, acting on a complaint that an illegal methamphetamine lab might be operating at that address. Arriving at the location and knocking on the door, the deputies encountered Albert J. Weysham, 50, at the front door. As they were talking to Weysham, they noticed another man through the open door who was reaching down inside the cushions of a chair. Fearing the man might be reaching for a weapon, the deputies entered the residence and detained Nicholas Whittington, 37, a resident of another address on Beau Drive.
While Whittington was being detained, deputies noticed a female, identified as Lauren E. Weysham, 28, a resident of Attley Walters Road near Franklinton, sitting on a couch. They also noticed in plain sight a piece of aluminum foil with a small amount of a white substance which appeared to be methamphetamine, a glass pipe containing burnt residue, and a black multi-colored smoking pipe also containing burnt residue.
At that time, Lauren Weysham informed the deputies that a female juvenile was in an adjacent bedroom. Deputies located the female juvenile, approximately 1 ½ years old, and removed her from the residence due to strong fumes from an unknown source and the large amount of cigarette smoke in the residence. The young juvenile was removed from the residence for her own safety.
Both Weyshams and Whittington were detained for officer safety and advised of their Miranda rights. Deputies advised the trio why they were at the residence, at which time Albert Weysham stated he had manufactured methamphetamine there earlier in the day. Whittington then showed deputies the remnants of his manufacturing lab which were in a bedroom and atop a nearby clothes dryer. Upon further questioning, all three occupants admitted to using the methamphetamine which had been manufactured at the residence that day.
Deputies obtained permission to search the residence and discovered methamphetamine, marijuana and heroin.
Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force detectives were notified and responded to the scene. They assisted in collecting evidence and securing the methamphetamine lab.
Deputies notified the Department of Children and Family Services. A representative of that agency responded to the scene and took custody of the young child who was removed to a temporary foster home.
Both Weyshams and Whittington were arrested and transported to the Washington Parish Jail.
Lauren E. Weysham is charged with manufacture of methamphetamine, illegal use of a controlled dangerous substance in the presence of a minor, possession of Schedule II drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. She remains in jail with her bond set at $58,000.
Albert J. Weysham is charged with manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of heroin, illegal use of a controlled dangerous substance in the presence of a minor, possession of Schedule II drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. He remains in jail with his bond set at $63,000.
Nicholas Whittington is charged with manufacture of methamphetamine, illegal use of a controlled dangerous substance in the presence of a minor, possession of marijuana and possession of Schedule II drugs. He remains in jail with his bond set at $58,000.
Sheriff Randy Seal commented. “This situation makes me sick. I am disgusted to know that three adults would intentionally endanger the health of a young child by manufacturing and using methamphetamine while the child was present. There is absolutely no excuse for this type of irresponsible and reckless behavior. Kudos to our deputies for rescuing this young child from a potentially life-threatening situation and putting these three irresponsible persons in jail.”