LAKE CITY, Fla. -- Columbia County Sheriff's office deputies checking a tip from a concerned citizen led to the arrest of 5 people on charges related to methamphetamine.
According to a press release from Columbia County Sheriff's Office Sargent Ed Seifert, as deputies walked up to the home in the 3100 block of U.S. 441 they saw two men.
One of the men ran inside the home. The other man was standing inside the doorway holding methamphetamine processing materials in his hands, according to Seifert.
Deputies arrested both men and then searched the home. Inside they found two females hiding in the kitchen and one female hiding in the bathroom. In the bathroom with the one woman were materials used to manufacture methamphetamine.
Detectives searched the rest of the home after obtaining a search warrant. Investigators found items believed to be used in the clandestine production of methamphetamine, Seifert said. In addition to the manufacturing equipment, detectives also found fully processed methamphetamine.
All five suspects were arrested and booked into the Columbia County Detention Facility. All of their bonds have been set at $46,000. The five suspects are charged with manufacturing of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The five arrested are 23-year-old Allen Velleca, 20-year-old Kimberly Skinner, 25-year-old John Raulerson, 39-year-old Amanda Miller and 28-year-old Jessica Charles. All 5 are from Lake City.
The Columbia County Sheriff's Office wants to remind community members that anonymous reporting of crimes can be made to Crime Stoppers of Columbia County. Callers to Crime Stoppers will always remain anonymous and may be eligible to receive a cash reward up to $1,000. To contact Crime Stoppers of Columbia County, call 386-754-7099 or by visiting their website.