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2 arrested in Main Street meth lab

3:00 PM, Jul 10, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Two men have been arrested in connection with a meth lab near Treaty Oak Park that shut down the Main Street bridge on Tuesday.

According to a Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Arrest Report, Ernest James Tutton, 44, and James Paul Jackson, 47, have been charged with:

-Manufacturing Meth Within 1,000 Feet of a Park
-Possessing Meth With Intent to Sell Within 1,000 Feet of a Park
-Possessing Paraphernalia for the Manufacture or Delivery of Drugs
-Intent to Unlawfully Manufacture Controlled Substance

Tutton is also being charged with Possessing Not More Than 20 Grams of Marijuana.

Officers were looking for active transient camps in the Interstate 95/Main Street bridge corridor when they found Tutton and Jackson sitting on the ground, according to the report, "surrounded by methamphetamine manufacturing chemicals, equipment, precursors, scales, syringes, pipes, two liter and pint sized plastic bottles with chemicals in progress, a razor blade and a glass dish with white powder gathered in the center."

Tutton told officers that they were "almost finished" making the meth and Jackson told officers that he was a drug user, used to sell pills and he "just needed a little money."

Tutton is being held on a total bond of $180,015 and Jackson is being held on a total bond of $175,012.

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