5 arrested in 3 separate Columbia County meth busts

2:02 PM, Mar 4, 2013   |    comments
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COLUMBIA COUNTY, Fla. -- Columbia County Sheriff's made five arrests over the weekend during three separate methamphetamine lab busts.

Deborah Ann Lee, 46 and Raymond Lee Chandler also 46, were arrested after detectives served a search warrant at a home on the 200 block SE Scarlett Way, according to a release from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. 

When deputies arrived they claimed to smell a strong chemical odor, consistent with a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory.

Deputies also allegedly discovered items and chemicals within the home that are commonly used to manufacture methamphetamine, the report detailed.

Chandler, was allegedly found hiding in a shed on the property with additional chemicals and paraphernalia used to manufacture methamphetamine, the release states.

Both Chandler and Lee are facing charges of producing drugs, drug equipment possession and drug possession. Both Lee and Chandler are being held on a $51,000 bond.

A second clandestine methamphetamine laboratory was seized by the Columbia County Sheriff's Office following a traffic stop, according to the release.

A 32-year-old man, Keith David Wheeldon, was pulled over for an expired tag. The release claims during a search of Wheeldon's car a backpack was allegedly found in the car that contained the necessary materials and chemicals to produce methamphetamine.

Wheeldon is facing charges of drug equipment possession and drug possession. Wheeldon was arrested in Dec. 2012 on similar charges and was released on a $60,000 bond.

Columbia County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a third clandestine methamphetamine discovered at the Columbia Motel on East Duval St. Sunday.

Jason Scott Gibbs, 32 and 41-year-old Misty Dawn Lane-Alyousef were arrested when allegedly an active meth lab was discovered in their motel room, according to the release.

The find lead to the evacuation of adjoining rooms of the motel. Additionally, the Columbia County Fire Department responded to assist as needed due to the hazardous nature and explosive hazard of the chemicals used in making meth.

Both are facing charges of producing drugs, drug equipment possession, amphetamine trafficking and drug possession. Gibbs is also being held on an out of county warrant. Gibbs is being held on $255,500 bond. Lane-Alyousef is being held on a $180,000 bond.

Deputies are vigilant in the identification of methamphetamine labs and recognize the danger these labs pose to our community. Anyone with information with the whereabouts of a meth lab, or any other crime, is urged to call Crime Stoppers of Columbia County at 386-754.7099.

Callers to Crime Stoppers will always remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.00.

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