ERIC SCOTT RADIO | LAKE CHARLES, LA. — On November 16, at approximately 12:30 a.m., detectives with the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T. Team) were dispatched to 816 Bee Tree Street in Westlake in regard to a house fire that had possibly been caused by individuals manufacturing methamphetamine.
Upon arrival, C.A.T. detectives learned Westlake Fire Department had extinguished the fire prior to the entire house being destroyed by the fire. Detectives were unable to make contact with the homeowner or any other occupants, therefore a search warrant was obtained. During a search of the home, detectives located several items inside the home that were consistent with creation or operation of a clandestine lab.
At approximately 11:30 a.m., detectives learned Westlake Police Department apprehended Andrew C. Bertrand, 23, 1371 Belfield Street, Moss Bluff, who was seen loitering in the front yard of the home on Bee Tree Street. When questioned by C.A.T. Team detectives, Bertrand confirmed he was present in the house and was involved in the process of “cooking”/manufacturing methamphetamine when an unexpected chemical reaction occurred, causing the house to catch on fire. Bertrand was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with creation/operation of a clandestine lab.
Judge Wilford Carter set his bond at $25,000.
Further investigation revealed Daniel “Troy” Olivier, Sr., 33, a resident of the Bee Tree home, was at the home of an acquaintence in Westlake. When C.A.T. detectives arrived at the home to question him, they discovered he had sustained severe burns from the house fire. At that time he was transported by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment but was subsequently transferred to a Lafayette hospital due to the severity of his injuries. Once released from the hospital, Olivier will be arrested and charged with creation/operation of a clandestine lab.
The investigation is continuing with the possible arrest of two more suspects who remain at large.