Florida: A vacant Punta Gorda home, scheduled to be sold on Friday, was the scene of a methlab bust on Thursday morning.
A call about a possible burglary in a vacant home located east of 37591 Washington Loop Road led to the discovery of a methlab, early on Thursday morning. When deputies arrived at the house, they noticed a woman sitting in the driver’s seat of a brown Cadillac vehicle that was parked behind the house. Suspecting that a fire had started inside the house and safety of individuals in the house were in danger, deputies entered the smoke-filled home and discovered two men standing in the kitchen by the stove. Deputies also noticed a hairdryer and what appeared to methamphetamine cooking in a bottle.
When narcotics detectives arrived, they discovered several other items that are associated with manufacturing meth: plastic tubing in a bathroom sink, battery casings, and glass baking dish containing residue. Additionally, they found four clear plastic bags containing methamphetamine.
Investigators also discovered the driver’s purse in a bedroom closet, along with several drugs and drug-related paraphernalia. Drugs discovered at the residence included Alprazolam, Oxycodone, Valium pills, and methamphetamine. Four packs of pseudoephedrine, the key ingredient needed to make methamphetamine, were also discovered inside the home, along with a digital scale, several syringes, and spoons containing drug residue. Hallucinogenic mushrooms were located inside the vehicle that was parked behind the house.
The Charlotte County Hazmat Unit also responded to the home to remove the chemicals and equipment that was discovered at the property.