Former BYU student who claimed meth lab was for soap booked for second drug operation

Posted at 6:20 PM, May 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-27 20:21:06-04

SALT LAKE CITY — A former BYU student who was sentenced to time in jail and probation for operating a methamphetamine lab in a Provo apartment has been arrested again, this time for allegedly operating a drug lab in Salt Lake City.

Bryce Cazier, 23, was arrested Friday morning after a housemate reported strange smells coming from the shared residence in the area of 1900 East and Hillcrest Avenue.

Cazier was booked on one felony count of operation of a clandestine laboratory, a charge that was enhanced because the location was within 500 feet of a school and a church.

Det. Greg Wilking, Salt Lake City Police Department, said the man was arrested for operating a clandestine drug lab at that home. A statement of probable cause indicates Cazier admitted to operating a meth lab after being read his rights.

The man was arrested in 2014 after police discovered a meth lab in his Provo apartment. The man initially claimed he was producing soap, not drugs. 

Cazier was sentenced to 60 days in jail for the previous drug lab incident, and the judge ordered him to serve probation after the man’s attorneys argued that Cazier had made great strides toward rehabilitation and had secured a job and was taking classes at Salt Lake Community College.