Scott Police Officers say they saw a car driving evasively on Mills Street just before 9:30 last night, and they decided to follow the vehicle.

Once the car was stopped in the 100 block of Rice Circle, police spoke with 36-year-old Randy Ward, and they say the man appeared very paranoid and suspicious.

He wanted to know from officers why they were following him, and they replied because he and his passenger were driving suspiciously and the car had a burnt brake light.

Officers then talked to the driver of the car, 31-year-old Amanda Olivier of Lafayette, who claimed she was not driving the car that night.

Officers checked for active warrants on both Olivier and Ward.  Olivier had an outstanding warrant for theft, and she was placed into the back of a patrol car.  She would not give officers permission to search her car so a K-9 unit was called.

The K-9 officer alerted on several points on the car, and that's when a search of the car turned up a Meth lab in the trunk.

While deputies of the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center were searching Ward, they found a plastic bag in his sock that contained meth and Xanax.

Ward has been charged with:

  • Creating/Operating a clandestine laboratory
  • Possession with intent to distribute Methamphetamine
  • Possession with intent to distribute Xanax
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Introduction of contraband into a penal facility

Olivier has been charged with:

  • Principal to create/operate a clandestine laboratory
  • Outstanding warrant for theft