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Two men are being held on drug charges after purchasing the materials needed to produce methamphetamines.
Roger Parker, 42, of Wisner and Jimmy Nobles, 34, of Harrisonburg were arrested Thursday following a traffic stop in which deputies discovered a large quantity of materials needed to make the drug, commonly called crystal meth.
Franklin Parish Sheriff's Office chief deputy Kevin Cobb said the drug bust was conducted by the narcotics division with the assistance of the Winnsboro Police Department.
"Information led to a traffic stop which revealed a large quantity of table salt, lithium batteries, Coleman fuel, used syringes, hydrocodone and Sudafed, two weapons and ammunition," said Cobb. "All of these items were precursors to the manufacture of methamphetamine."
Manufacturing methamphetamine out of household chemicals is a common yet dangerous crime.
The chemicals used produce noxious gasses. One of the byproducts is anhydrous ammonia, which is not only poisonous but also highly explosive.
The process also can produce phosphine, another highly explosive and noxious gas.
Parker was charged with manufacturing a schedule II controlled and dangerous substance, possession of a schedule III drug, possession of drug paraphernalia and open container.
Nobles was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of drug paraphernalia, manufacturing a schedule II drug and open container.
Both men were being held in lieu of bond as of Monday.
Parker's bond was set at $31,000 and Nobles' bond was $36,000.
If convicted on all charges, the men face up to 30 years in jail and as much as a $500,000 fine.