Homeless man caught with meth lab in stolen car sentenced to 10 years

Was tackled by off-duty deputy after punching arresting officer

A homeless man who was caught driving a stolen vehicle in Norco filled with the chemicals and equipment needed to make methamphetamine will serve 10 years in jail.

A St. Charles Parish sheriff’s deputy followed 32-year-old Joe Lamb into the Shell station parking lot on Airline Highway after he noticed Lamb wasn’t wearing a seat belt.

When he ran the plates on the vehicle Lamb was driving, the deputy discovered that the car had been reported stolen in Santa Rosa, Calif.

The deputy patted Lamb down and says that Lamb punched him in the stomach and ran away. That’s when an off-duty officer who happened to be in the area tackled Lamb and secured him. The passenger in the stolen vehicle, 36-year-old Robin Nelson, was also arrested.

While checking the car, deputies said they discovered a nylon bag filled with seven different chemicals that are used to manufacture meth.

Last week, Lamb pled guilty to creating and operating a clandestine lab and illegal possession of stolen things. He received 10 years with credit for time served.

Nelson was sentenced to six months in jail after pleading guilty to resisting an officer by refusing to make her identity known and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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