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Deputies find underground meth lab

Deputies in Eustis on Saturday discovered an underground methamphetamine lab inside a 10-foot silo, complete with a ladder and chemicals used to make the illegal substance.

Lake County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested Charles Blake Foster, 26, on charges of aggravated assault but plan to file drug-related charges later, spokesman Sgt. John Herrell said. Deputies had responded to an aggravated-assault complaint at a house on Poinsettia Avenue about 4:10 p.m. The victim told deputies Foster had pointed a gun at him and fled.

The smell of ammonia alerted deputies to the possibility of a meth lab. After obtaining a search warrant, narcotics detectives found the underground lab under a manhole cover.

From the Orlando Sentinel

Man arrested for stealing 400 lbs of meth-making ingredient

A Malvern man is behind bars after allegedly stealing 400 pounds of Red Phosphorus from Rineco Chemical Industries in Benton, according to Saline County Sheriff Bruce Pennington.  Michael Key, 37, of Malvern, was arrested for the crime.

Red Phosphorus is often found in small amounts on the ends of matches and is an ingredient used in the cooking of methamphetamine, Pennington said. He also said it is one of the hardest items to obtain, because when matches are bought in large amounts, authorities are sent “red flags,” which discourages those purchases.

“It takes about a quarter of an ounce [of Red Phosphorus] per ounce of meth,” a detective said. “The product on matches aren’t as pure as the stuff they got from Rineco and we believe they were trying to sell the stolen [Red Phosphorus] at $100 an ounce.”

Full story, The Benton Courier

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