Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Monday’s Meth Arrest Leads to 2 Additional Lab Cases

 Edward Garcia
 Harris Garcia


May 21, 2014 

Deputies from both Alpha and Bravo patrol companies began following up on lab leads over the weekend. This culminated in three arrests on Monday by Deputy Weatherford and K-9 Deputy Anderson. Tuesday, these two Deputies continued their aggressive assault on meth operations to make this second case. These deputies followed up by making three more arrests for manufacturing methamphetamines.  

Deputy Weatherford and K-9 Deputy Anderson furthered the information they gained from Monday’s case by arresting Michael Tipler 1-20-88, Harris Garcia 12-9-92 and Edward Garcia 6-30-91. These deputies discovered Tipler had active warrants and began searching for him. These warrants were issued from Gilchrist County for Violation of Probation stemming from an earlier arrest for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon; and an active warrant from Dixie County for aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, possession of listed chemicals (for meth production), fleeing and attempting to elude law enforcement and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both of these warrants had a NO BOND. 

The deputies located Tipler who was traveling in a 2003 white Pontiac van in the 3600 block of US Alt Hwy 27. Tipler was in the company of the Garcia brothers. As the deputies began their investigation they discovered this trio had mobile meth lab in the vehicle with them. They summoned the assistance of the LCSO Drug Task Force to disassemble and render this mobile operation safe.  

This investigation continued to snowball and led DTF investigators to a second lab disposal site in the Bronson area. Investigators worked additional hours making this site safe too. DTF said this site contained the used components “trash” created during the manufacturing of this dangerous and toxic drug. The site had the used mixed volatile ingredients like lithium and other solvents, which can still cause great bodily harm to any unsuspecting person not aware what they are handling. 

Tipler was arrested and charged with production of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute. His bond is set at $60,000.00. Both Harris Garcia and his brother Edward Garcia have been arrested and charged with production of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute. Their bond has been set at $60,000.00 each. 

Harris Garcia is also facing additional charges for two counts of grand theft auto and dealing in stolen property. These charges are currently being filed by the Criminal Investigations Division of LCSO after a post arrest interview yesterday. Harris Garcia had been identified as a suspect in the theft of at least two vehicles in the Bronson area.  



Lt. Scott Tummond
Criminal Investigations Division
Levy County Sheriff's Office
(352) 486-5111

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