Deputies bust rolling meth lab

Two men were arrested early Saturday, charged with possession and manufacturing of methamphetamine. They were operating what detectives described as a ìrolling meth labî in a van.

Detectives in the Sheriffís Special Investigations Unit received information the men might be making and selling methamphetamine in the Stock Island area in an old van. They passed the information on to road patrol deputies asking them to be on the lookout for the illegal operation.

Deputy Sean Moran and Reserve Deputy Jon Doughtry were in the area of the Tom Thumb convenience store on Stock Island at 1:20 a.m. They spotted an old van with its back doors open, two men were standing behind the van. As they pulled up in their patrol car, one of the men threw something into a nearby dumpster. It turned out to be a pill bottle with someone elseís name on it; it had 64 pills inside that were later identified as Risperidone.

Sgt. Evan Calhoun responded and asked permission to search the van. The vanís registered owner, 47 year old John Day, gave his permission to search. Inside the van the officers found marijuana and numerous items, including various chemicals and bottles of liquid, which are commonly used to manufacture methamphetamine. Detectives from the Special Investigations Unit responded and confirmed it appeared the men had been operating a ìrolling meth labî.

The Drug Enforcement Administration was notified and responded to assist with handling the dangerous chemicals and other substances in the van. Day and 24 year old Scott Gunter were both arrested. They were both charged with production and manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell and possession of drug paraphernalia. Gunter was also charged with possession of marijuana. Both were booked into jail.

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