Levy County Deputies Make Second Meth Bust in Two Days
Published May 22nd, 2014
BRONSON, Fla. -- For the fourth time in three weeks, Levy County Sheriff's deputies have arrested three men after they were found cooking meth -- this time, inside their own car.
Using information gained from Monday's meth bust in Bronson, deputies pulled over a car on Tuesday belonging to 26-year-old Michael Tipler. Inside, deputies say they found a mobile meth lab.
Tipler and two others in the car -- 22-year-old Edward Garcia and 21-year-old Harris Garcia -- were all arrested and charged with production and possession of meth.
Deputies say they later found a dumpsite in Bronson where they say Tipler had dumped the toxic and explosive byproducts of meth earlier that day.
"The popularity of methamphetamine is starting to grow in our area," said Lt. Scott Tummond of the Levy County Sheriff's Office. "We're seeing more individuals who are deciding to become backyard chemists."
Deputies say it's common for mobile meth producers to dump their "waste" along the side of the road, as they say Tipler did.
They're warning residents of the county to avoid picking up any plastic bottles they may see lying along the side of the road in case they contain the toxic byproduct of meth.
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