Fire set near active meth lab in Norwalk apartment

Fire starts in Bouscay Avenue apartment as cops use search warrant.
Cary Ashby
Mar 31, 2013


Firefighters quickly knocked down a fire Friday afternoon at 37C Bouscay Ave., where authorities suspect there was a meth lab.

"This was a meth lab that caught fire when we executed a search warrant," Norwalk Police Detective Sgt. Seth Fry said.

(NOTE - To see pictures of the crime scene and suspects, click HERE.)

Methamphetamine is a highly addictive illegal stimulant often cooked in homes with flammable components.

Four adults and a child were inside the apartment at the time, but nobody was injured.

"We believe they started it to destroy the evidence," Detective Sgt. Jim Fulton said.

Firefighters are trying to determine the exact cause.

"(There was) nothing rigged like in the movies," Norwalk Fire Chief Shawn Dickerson said. "They'll have a special team come in to analyze it."

Firefighters contained the blaze to a second-floor bedroom.

"Most of the fire was minor damage," Dickerson said.

Residents in apartments B and D were allowed to go back into their homes by about 6 p.m.

"But they are trying to keep foot traffic to a minimum," Dickerson said.

Police are expected to bring in a special investigation unit to process the apartment as a crime scene.

Four people were arrested and jailed Friday.

Paul Prince, 33, of Mansfield, and James J. Arthur II, 29, of Mansfield, each were charged with manufacturing of methamphetamines, a first-degree felony.

Allen Mobberly, 32, of Norwalk, was charged with permitting drug abuse and child endangering, both fifth-degree felonies.

And Samantha Reed was charged with trafficking in heroin, a fifth-degree felony.

The investigation is ongoing, and additional arrests will be made, Fry said.

Police obtained a search warrant from Municipal Court Judge John S. Ridge after Fulton and Fry each received tips about a meth lab inside a Bouscay Avenue apartment, and they determined it was at 37C and involved Prince, Arthur and Mobberly, Fry said.

When officers arrived at 4:55 p.m. and announced their presence, they heard people "rustling around upstairs," Fry said. "Officers were also able to see persons peering out of the upstairs window where the lab was located."

Police entered the residence and saw Prince running from an upstairs bedroom to a bathroom, Fry said. A small fire had been started in the bedroom where an active meth lab was found. Officers hurriedly removed four adults and a 3-year-old child from the apartment.

Firefighters had been positioned at the end of Bouscay Avenue, so they quickly were able to extinguish the fire.

During interviews with the suspects, it was learned the fire had been started by various chemicals used to manufacture meth, Fry said, adding that Prince admitted knocking over a container with chemical byproducts that started the fire.

Read more details about this story in Saturday's Norwalk Reflector.



I think the Sheriff in Arizona is exactly the way it should be. Tent cities, pink underware, green bologna, chain gangs, etc. Why no one else is doing it has to just be the defending the lawsuits that have happened. That is a cheap solution. Put the people on welfare out to pick up trash. Put them washing cop cars. I see nothing wrong with that. Need to figure something tho. America going broke handing out freebies to people that don;t want to work. Not all on welfare are lazy, but there are quite a few. Like I have said, if you need welfare, then take it and use it to get on your feet. It's not supposed to be a way of life. Welfare parents have taught their kids how to run the system and now it has become a way of life. These are the ones that need to be treated differently. Not the one that lost their job and need something for 6 months or so. Being on it for 10 years is rediculous.

hit the road jack

wasp71: I agree with you 100% you are correct to say not all who get welfare are bad,it just makes the ones who are getting it illegally or misuse it stand out like a sore thumb and piss me and you off. and yes Joe has the solution,the repeat offenders he gets really don't want to go back under his system of justice again.


WASP...LIKE LIKE LIKE LIKE. Time for those who want stuff for free to give back what they have taken. Time for those who are in trouble to be isolated and made a mockery of, while providing some service to the local area instead of useless treatment.


Yay someone with common sense!


Sterilize people on welfare? Really? That one wins the Darwin Award.

Sitting In The ...

Are you saying everyone who uses welfare does it by choice? Also as difficult as this might be for you try not to stereotype everyone in a particular group simply on the actions of a few.I know it difficult, believe me, daily I fight the urge to stereotype all Republicans as ignorant morons, but, I just have to remember like any group there are good people who call themselves Republicans.


Haha^ Love that! :)


A lot of people use it by choice, and milk it for all it's worth. Stop deflecting and admit it's a problem instead of stale politician jokes.




I thought it was funny :P


@ WASP71
You're right in your logic and hungry kids going to bed?
That sh!t breaks my heart.
Fact is there are probly many more than we know.
No that should never be an option.
Education,maybe some parenting classes and a set of morals,
coupled with "no tolerence" is maybe a good notion.
How many more kids have to suffer from this kind of life choice!?
We all need a watchful eye for the obvious signs.


I agree completely. I even spoke with the last Bouscay manager about it, but she said it would be too expensive.


"Should do the drug testing on every one on welfare."

Yeah...who needs the 4th Amendment?

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@ buckeye15
You really have no idea of what you are talking about.

Many hard working people get drug tested all the time. It comes with the job.

Why not test the ones who dont work but keep collecting?


I'm surprised noone caught the smell from the chemicals. Very distinctive odor.I personally think there should be more charges to ensure they don't cut a deal. Arson? Destruction of government property? Something. And immediate eviction. There are too many hard working families in need of affordable housing that can't find it in this town. I actually thought that Bouscay was getting better. It was my understanding that if you lived there and the cops were called for ANY reason, that was grounds for eviction. But, I know of two people that have apts. there that have had drug related charges and convictions that still occupy their units. Let me be the manager down there- I'd clean that place out in no time!


They go through managers like crazy down here. I have been here for a year, and they are looking for a third replacement. They don't keep anyone around long enough to get anything done.

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@ happyfeet64
So your an expert on making meth? Doubt you would even know what making meth smells like.


Uh, lived in Southern Cali. for 20+ years and drove semi cross country in the 80s-trust me I know what the s**t smells like.


Have @ it Happyfeet64!
Tough job to ever want to deal with all that.
I applaud your sterness and agree on the charges.
Also very close in vicinity to St.Marys school.
Sad what the future is becoming for many children.
Blessed be all.

BaileyOriginally it's their turn for the slap on the wrist.

Estrella Damm

Maybe a religious based facility for two weeks, then back out on the street to sell to our youth.


Yep, but only under one harsh condition: They have to say they're sorry.


Maybe you should focus on getting your youth not to buy it!


Attempting to stop the source isn't going to help?


Good job Norwalk PD..For the others who judge, it's not all low lifes that live there. I lived there when I was younger with my Mother and brother, my Mother worked two jobs to support us, she did the best she could. Sometimes you have to do what you have to do and living there for some is the best they can do. By the way, my Mother, Brother or I have no criminal record..........


I wish there was a Like button for this comment.


I was thinking the same thing about the "like button" I am a single mom of two who has lived at Bouscay for a year...I have never in my life been in trouble with the police, and the thought of using drugs makes me sick to my stomach. We are not all bad.


It's very sad what's happening with the drugs and stuff in the area. Not everyone is on welfare by choice. I'd rather see someone on welfare then on the highway panhandling with their children which is more dangerous. There are people on welfare who are working very hard to find a job. These jobs are not easy to come by.


This apartment belongs to that child's mother and thats her sister that got arrested so you can't say the mother didn't know what was going on around her kid and last I heard the son is with his dad


The apartment did not belong to the child's mother. I am the mother it was not mine. Stop posting til you get your facts straight!!