BYU student cooking soap, not meth, attorney says

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PROVO, Utah -- A suspected meth lab inside a BYU student’s apartment is not what it seems, according to his attorney.

Investigators with the Provo Police Department have been looking for Bryce Cazier, 21, since his roommates discovered a suspicious cooking setup in his bedroom on Friday.

However, attorney Jere Reneer contends his client was cooking soap, not drugs.

“Nothing could be further from the truth,” Reneer said. “He makes organic soaps. He does herbal extracts. He's kind of into the organic chemistry thing. It would be the Mormon equivalent of brewing your own beer."

A quick search online shows tutorials for making soap that involves equipment and a crystallization process Reneer believes is similar to what you would see in a drug lab.

“It's unlikely that the investigators even knew what they were picking up,” Reneer said. “Obviously, it's clear what they think they saw.”

Authorities have not divulged exactly what they found. The items removed from the apartment on Friday are still in the process of being

tested and reviewed.

“It appears it may be a meth lab, according to the investigators who were out there. That’s what we’re looking into, at this point,” said Det. Chris Chambers.

Investigators initially said they were having difficulty finding Cazier, but Reneer argued that was because he had left for a weekend trip to Salt Lake City before police were even called.

Cazier learned about the search of his apartment from his parents, who had seen it on the news.

“This is a returned missionary with no legal history other than a speeding ticket,” Reneer said. “It's not some meth lab dealer guy that we are dealing with."

Cazier is expected to meet with investigators later this week.

28 comments

      • Parasite leaders need to get jobs and get no stipend

        Don’t forget to pay 10% of your gross so mission presidents can be reimbursed for holiday gifts. You can make cheap soap while they bit gifts paid for by your tithing. Wouldn’t want the official mission president handbook to discuss how they should make their own soap. Maybe Monson should get no stipend, get a part time job and make his own soap and then when God needs to reveal something Monson can do it on days he’s not working for living. Time for the parasites to get jobs

      • Justin Time

        Parasite leaders need to get jobs and get no stipend, What does a Mission President have to do with this? He is no longer on a mission be is a student at BYU. Please don’t make such rude and demeaning comments if you don’t know what you are talking about.

      • Mad Dog

        PARASITE LEADERS NEED TO GET JOBS AND GET NO STIPEND-You obviously know nothing of the LDS church, otherwise you wouldn’t make such outrageous remarks. Next time investigate more first. Leaders in the church receive no money at all for their service. That’s why it’s called service. It’s a calling, not a job. That goes for mission presidents, bishops, and all the way up to President Monson. None of our “parasite leaders” (which is very offensive, by the way) receive any sort of stipend or money at all. So next time make sure you know what you’re talking about before you go and criticize someone/something you know nothing about.

      • Justin Time

        [Mad Dog] Thank you for putting it so well. Some just prey on these sites to cause controversy and in turn hijack the comments to degrade others. I think you stated it very well. Now on with the topic at hand.

    • Justin Time

      If you knew the “LDS higher ups” like I do you would know that they would never do such a thing. They have the salvation of the world to be concerned about. They are all honest God-fearing men who only do what is right. Please keep your fallacies to yourself. Contention is of the devil.

  • josh yenny

    “He’s a returned missionary…” well then it’s utterly impossible for him to commit a human act of sin then, huh ?

    • That kid

      Wait, RM you say? Jk the drugs was a lie. Everybody knows once you serve a mission you receive instant salvation and are a pillar of society incapable of any wrongdoing for the rest of your life. We can all go home now. Case closed.

      • Justin Time

        Maybe the soap is washing his slate clean? Come on people. Let the law do there job. We don’t know what really happened. NO a mission does not give instant salvation but give the guy a break. If it was soap a lot of people will look like idiots. If it was Meth he and his lawyer will look like idiots. Time will tell but lets not give ourselves the opportunity to be an idiot…unless you are into that kind of thing.

  • Bertha

    Wow Parasite leader…… Should the Pope get a part time and make his own soap too? The world would be a much better place if everyone gave 10% to the charity of their choice.

  • Laura

    So… you need liquor and a lock on your door to create organic soap? Yeah, ’cause (if you were making soap) you wouldn’t ever want to tell your roommates just in case they got suspicious when the smoke detector went off weeks earlier from you setting fire to the carpet or from the suspicious smells coming from your room. A returned missionary (even a chemistry student) would know that communication is key and a locked door is suspicious. Doesn’t add up, man.

      • Justin Time

        I think what everyone is trying to say is “Innocent until proven guilty”. Just because his actions are suspicious doesn’t mean he is guilty. Some people have feeling and get scared. I admit, I am not sure what the truth is but fortunately that is not my job. I posted a number of places he could have gone and some known associates in another article but that doesn’t mean i think he is guilty. wouldn’t you be scared with the idea of being charged with having a Meth lab if in reality you had a “clean” operation? Society teaches us to run from the cops in situations like this because they will make you out to be a bad person and tackle you and treat you like a junkie. don’t get me wrong. I respect all those that serve to protect us. I personally believe it is the media that taints reality and causes people to run scared when in fact they are innocent. I by no means am condoning what he is doing. I am just putting myself in his shoes if the story his attorney is telling is true. Again “Innocent until proven guilty”!

    • Danny

      If I had room mates, I would lock my door if I was leaving for the weekend. It’s not a matter of hiding a meth lab. It’s about security. You wouldn’t want your neighbors going through your house over the weekend if you were gone on a trip. Does it make you look suspicious because you lock the front door to your home?

  • trevor

    Sounds like a really poor excuse. Why did the suspect not go to the police when he found out they were looking for him? Why did he go to an attorney…and still hasn’t gone to the police? If he was really cooking soap, he shouldn’t need an attorney. The facts should prove themselves. Just because he went on a mission doesn’t mean he’s a goody two shoes. I’ve seen a lot of former missionaries come back and decide crime is ok.

    • Let's be a little more objective

      It’s really naive to say that you don’t need an attorney if you did nothing wrong. If that were true, there wouldn’t be innocent people in prison.

    • Belicose Bryan

      This kid clearly has people looking out for him – most likely loving family or caring friends – who’ve told him exactly how law enforcement works: the police aren’t responsible for determining if a suspect is guilty or innocent, their duty is to enforce the law, and any potential hazards, ie, an individual with a suspicious setup. Understanding this, he went and got an attorney to defend himself from the sometimes unfair dynamics of the law. Not having an attorney whilst being under inspection of law officials is not a fun situation at all. I’ve had my share of encounters with the law after being accused of something I wasn’t responsible for, and let me tell you right now: the “innocent until proven guilty” sentiment does not seem to be taken into account by law enforcement; when you’re accused of crimes, you’re treated like a criminal. It’s unfair, but I can see why it’s necessary – some people are actually guilty.
      Continuing my statement about him getting an attorney, that was a wise move on his part. Also, think about it: the guy was aware they were in possession of his lab equipment, yet he went to the extent of spending his own money for an attorney. If he was guilty, and he then went and spent money on an attorney, he might as well be throwing his money down the toilet. I’m betting the fella’s innocent, which is why he went as far as investing in an attorney. I’d do the same thing if I were in his shoes, and I’d get a new room far away from the snoop group that got him into the trouble he’s in. As for him locking his door, I find that to be completely reasonable: imagine having various chemist items in your possession, and the awareness that your neighbors don’t understand boundaries. You wouldn’t want them messing with your stuff would you? I certainly wouldn’t.
      As for whether I’m right, or your right, that’s not really important to me. I’d like to just go with your statement, “The facts should prove themselves.” We’ll see the outcome of this unravel in time!

  • ceseme

    They must not have much of a problem with meth in Provo if they can’t quickly determine one way or another whether it is or not. Meth is a volatile substance and the smell and fumes are toxic. They have to demolish the buildings where those labs are set up because it is illegal to sell real estate that was used for this purpose because it permeates the building materials and would make the residents sick. My guess is it isn’t meth.

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