Meth investigation ongoing, additional charges for BYU meth lab suspect


New evidence has been released in the case against BYU student Bryce Cazier, who was charged Nov. 10 with building a clandestine meth lab in the apartment he shares with roommates.

According to Orem police officer Lt. Martinez, actual meth was not found.

“We didn’t find meth,” Martinez said. “We found some marijuana and meth paraphernalia, but no meth. As far as where in the room, I can’t say. I’m not allowed to say.”

Martinez also gave updates about where Cazier is currently located.

“He’s been arrested, and it’s been sent over to the county attorney’s office,” Martinez said.

Three search warrants were issued in the meth lab investigation to allow investigators to test Cazier’s phone and laptop and to administer a blood test to see if he had methamphetamine in his system.

Search warrants unsealed Thursday, Dec. 4, show investigators found methamphetamine residue on his laptop. One statement from the warrants said the combination of chemicals found in Cazier’s room at the Riviera Apartments on Nov. 7 is “unusual and serves no commonly used purpose, other than the production of methamphetamine.”

Cazier’s attorney, Jere Reneer, previously claimed his client “was making soap or that he was doing herbal extracts.”

The Deseret News quoted the warrant, which stated that one investigator “was able to field test a laptop that was taken from the suspect’s room. A methamphetamine swab was used on the laptop, and it showed positive for methamphetamine residue being on the laptop.”

The 22-year-old student had additional charges added to his first-degree felony as of Wednesday.

In an unrelated matter, Cazier has also been accused of shoplifting at a liquor store.

Cazier was charged with two counts of theft in the Orem Justice Court for shoplifting at a liquor store in October. Cazier returned to the state liquor store on Nov. 28, and the manager recognized him from the security tapes. Employees detained him until police arrived.

State Liquor Store Manager Crystal Lammers was contacted but told The Universe she could not comment on events that occurred with Cazier. She referred reporters to the Orem police department.

Cazier’s next court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 10.

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