Thursday, April 23, 2015

Bronson Methamphetamine Lab Taken Down

April 22, 2015

Levy County Drug Task Force Investigators responded to 9590 NE 78 Lane in Bronson to investigate a possible clandestine Methamphetamine Lab.  Investigators made contact with the home owner, Joseph Heath Morgan (4-22-76) who agreed to speak with the investigators. 

During the interview, investigators observed several indicators of recent methamphetamine manufacturing in plain view outside the residence.  These indicators included:  stripped lithium batteries, pseudoephedrine blister packs, aluminum foil and coffee filters.  Morgan subsequently admitted that there was an active methamphetamine lab on the property at the time. 

Investigators also located and interviewed Taylor James Bryant (w/m 10-26-92) on the property.  Bryant admitted that he had been present at the location for several hours. 

Morgan gave the investigators consent to search the property.  They located two active methamphetamine labs inside a shed behind the residence.  The labs were dismantled by Clandestine Laboratory Certified Deputies and with the assistance of the Bronson Fire Department.  Investigators seized 254 grams of Methamphetamine oil from the two labs.  The evidence on scene indicated that site had been used as a lab over a long period of time. 

LCSO Investigators arrested Morgan and Bryant and charged both with Trafficking in Methamphetamine and Manufacturing Methamphetamine.  Both are being held at the Levy County Detention Center on $200,000.00 bond. 

LCSO encourages the public to contact us or Crime Stoppers of Levy County to report suspicious methamphetamine activity.