Meth lab bust at Orange Park hotel

ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- City and county law enforcement agencies worked together Sunday to break down a meth lab inside an area hotel room.

First Coast News spoke to Clay County Sheriff's Lieutenant Joey Jett on the scene at the Rodeway Inn in Orange Park as an inactive meth lab from room 165 was dismantled.

Lt. Jett said two to three people were being held for questioning and may be arrested.

Authorities found meth making paraphernalia including batteries and items one would find under the kitchen sink.

"Items commonly used to manufacture meth were found in the room," said Orange Park Police Chief, Gary Goble.

Lt. Jett also said one of the individuals, a man, being held for questioning had a small amount of meth on him.

Lt. Jett said the people who were in the room had thrown most of the meth-making materials away before police arrived.

James Jackson and his family are guests at the hotel. "It doesn't come to me as a shock or surprise because you've got all types of people in the world." he said. "Somebody could be doing that right next to them and that could cost them they life."

Jackson said he was glad police were there doing their jobs. "They're doing a great job and I'm glad about them doing their job," Jackson said.

According to Lt. Jett, this is the second meth lab the CCSO has worked in three days. Lt. Jett said the other was an active meth lab found on Thursday in a home in the Hidden Hills area of Clay County. Lt. Jett said three people were arrested in that incident.

Lt. Jett also said meth making, in general, is a problem in Clay County and authorities, including the CCSO, are working hard to combat. Goble said authorities work together and they're ready.

"Any type of drug activity, any drug problems we have in the town, we now have more than 1 person. We have the whole team that will respond like we did tonight," he said.

No one was in danger in this incident and no one was evacuated.


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