A Nicholls State University science instructor from the past school year has been arrested and another is sought in connection with the discovery of a meth lab in Thibodaux.

Authorities believe the woman wanted in the incident has fled Louisiana and is now in Georgia.

On March 27, 2020, a resident in the 600 block of St. Charles Bypass Road in Thibodaux discovered a bucket and trash bag under a bridge over a canal and smoke was coming from the bucket.

Believing these items were related to drug activity, the resident contacted the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office.

Deputies and narcotics agents arrived on the scene and confirmed the presence of items commonly associated with the manufacturing of meth.

Agents investigated and determined that the smoke was caused because of chemical reactions still taking place at that time. LPSO processed and neutralized the scene safely.

This started an investigation during which authorities identified Brendan Doyle, 29, of Thibodaux, and Julia Canto, 28, of Thibodaux, as suspects in the case. Arrest warrants were issued for both.

Doyle was a Nicholls instructor this past semester in the Biological Sciences department. Doyle's profile was listed on the Nicholls website earlier today, but it has since been removed. Multiple sources have confirmed to The Gazette this afternoon that the person arrested is the man who worked at Nicholls. 

LPSO also learned that both suspects had left the state.

On May 18, 2020, agents learned that Doyle had returned to Thibodaux and was packing a moving truck.

Agents arrived at his residence and took him into custody.

He was booked into the Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex and charged with creation or operation of a clandestine laboratory for the unlawful manufacture of a controlled dangerous substance.

He has since posted a $20,000 bail.

A warrant has been issued for Canto's arrest.

Authorities believe she is in Savannah, Georgia.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to submit a tip anonymously through Crime Stoppers Bayou Region by phone at 1-800-743-7433 or online at Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers through the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office mobile app. Tipsters could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 in cash if the information leads to an arrest.

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