A former Brigham Young University student who spent time behind bars for operating a methamphetamine lab in 2014 has pleaded guilty to similar activity in another case.
Bryce Cazier, 25, was charged last year in 3rd District Court with first-degree felony operation of a clandestine lab, after his May 2016 arrest at a Salt Lake City home.
He pleaded guilty last week to a reduced second-degree felony count of attempted operation of a clandestine lab and was sentenced to 24 months probation.
Cazier’s roommate — who knew of his previous history of making drugs — called the fire department on May 27, 2016, after smelling a strong chemical odor at their home near 1900 E. Hillcrest Ave. (2520 South), according to a jail probable cause statement.
Responding authorities found items generally used in a clandestine lab, according to charging documents, along with a recipe for methamphetamine.
Cazier allegedly told police he cooked the meth because he was “bored” and wanted to “prove to himself he had not forgotten how to make meth.”
In a previous case, Cazier was charged in Provo’s 4th District Court with operating a clandestine lab after he accidentally started a fire on Nov. 7, 2014, in his room — in an apartment that houses students across the street from the BYU campus.
In the Provo case, Cazier pleaded guilty to second-degree felony possession of a precursor to a clandestine lab and was sentenced to 60 days in jail as part of a 36-month probation.