LAKE CITY, Fla. - Columbia County deputies said they discovered a clandestine methamphetamine lab while investigating a suspicious vehicle near 317 NE Double Run Rd. on Sunday night.
As the deputies were checking on the suspicious vehicle, they say they noticed a chemical smell in the area. According to a press release, deputies struck up a conversation with two people in the yard near the vehicle and, as they were talking to them, noticed two other people run inside a camper trailer on the property.
When the deputies went to the trailer, they discovered materials they said are typically used to make meth. Investigators also noted finding other drug paraphernalia in a burn pit on the property.
The Columbia County Multi-Jurisdictional Task Force and the Sheriff's Office's Patrol Division cleaned up the hazardous materials from the site, the release says, and four people were arrested as a result of the investigation.
Dustin A. Doles, 28, and Wendy L. Parker, 44, face possession of a controlled substance, manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of listed chemicals and possession of drug paraphernalia charges.
James E. Roberts, 36, is charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. Doles, Parker and Roberts have bonds set at $56,000, according to the release.
During the course of the investigation, deputies found a man hiding under a trailer on the property, who was later identified as Christopher Abbott. Deputies said Abbott had a fugitive arrest warrant from the state of Pennsylvania, and arrested him without incident. Abbott faces charges of aggravated assault, accident involving death, robbery with serious bodily injury, theft by taking and receiving stolen property charges in Pennsylvania, the release says.
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