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Des Allemands Couple Arrested after Agents Neutralize Meth Lab


9/3/2013 by Brennan Matherne
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Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced the arrest of a Des Allemands man and woman for manufacturing methamphetamine. Joel Barrios (W/M, D.O.B. 06/09/89) and Phoenix Barkman (W/F, D.O.B. 11/16/77), both of 238 West Bayou Road were arrested after agents discovered them in the manufacturing process.

On Thursday, August 29, Lafourche Parish Drug Task Force Agents were conducting an investigation in the Des Allemands area when they learned Barrios had acquired items necessary to manufacture methamphetamine. Agents traveled to Barrios’ residence and made contact with him. While speaking to Barrios outside, agents detected an odor emitting from inside the residence consistent with the chemicals used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine. Agents learned Barrios’ girlfriend, Phoenix Barkman, was inside the residence, and moved quickly to ensure she exited the residence due to the possibility of methamphetamine being manufactured, which involves highly volatile substances. Agents also evacuated a neighboring residence due to safety concerns.

Members of the Lafourche Parish Combined Meth Lab Response Team arrived on scene and began processing the residence. Inside agents discovered Barrios was, in fact, in the “cooking” process (part of meth production), and had left the cooking vessel unattended. With the assistance of fellow Meth Lab Response Team personnel from the Lafourche Parish Government Office of Emergency Preparedness and Lafourche Parish Fire District #1, Task Force Agents successfully removed the cooking vessel from the residence and neutralized the lab.

Barrios and Barkman admitted to cooking the methamphetamine in the residence and were both placed under arrest for Creation/Operation of a Clandestine Lab for the Unlawful Manufacture of a Controlled Dangerous Substance. They were both transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux and booked accordingly. Barrios is being held in lieu of $10,000 as set by Judge Jerome J. Barbera III, and Barkman is being held in lieu of $2,500.