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FHP Finds Meth Lab, Arrests Drug Dealers
While patrolling U.S. Highway 231, Trooper Wesley Harsey stopped the driver of a 1993 Chevrolet 4 door SUV for unlawful speed and a broken windshield. Trooper Harsey became suspcious of the vehicle’s temporary Florida tag since it was expired. In addition, the female passenger was making very abrupt movements inside the vehicle. As Trooper Harsey approached the driver side, his suspicion increased. He arrested the driver for unlawful use of a temporary tag and began to search the vehicle.
During the search, he found a mobile methamphetamine lab with methamphetamine, meth oil, and all the materials used to manufacture methamphetamine. The lab was discovered in the left rear of the vehicle contained in a black back pack along with a syringe with suspected meth, liquid fire (a product used in the manufacture of methamphetamin), and a glass pipe with suspected meth residue. The meth lab was turned over to the Bay County Sheriff’s Office for processing . The two suspects were arrested and transported to the Bay County Jail.
At the jail, deputies discovered crystal methamphetamine in the passenger’s makeup bag. The driver was booked on charges of Attempted Manufacture of Methamphetamine and Possession of Methamphetamine. The passenger was booked on charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Introduction of Contraband into a Correctional Facility.