Friday, May 1, 2015

Methamphetamine Lab Busted in Fanning Springs

April 30, 2015

Levy County Drug Task Force Investigators developed information from a witness who indicated that methamphetamine was being manufactured at 8841 NW 174th Street, in Fanning Springs.  The witness stated that the suspects were “cooking meth” at the location up to four times a day, depending on their ability to obtain the necessary ingredients. 

Based on the witness statements and other evidence gathered, Task Force Investigators obtained and executed a search warrant at the premises later that day.  During the search, Investigators located and seized numerous items associated with the manufacture and use of methamphetamine.  These included dismantled lithium batteries, muratic acid, drain cleaner, used hypodermic needles, smoking pipes, and electronic scales.  Investigators also seized 30 grams of liquid “meth oil.” 

The property owner was determined to be Michael Austin Jones (3-25-53).  Investigators also developed evidence that Jones had an unrelated minor female residing at the house with him.  Jones was arrested and booked at the Levy County Detention Center.  The charges against him include the following: 

          1.  Trafficking in Methamphetamine;

          2.  Manufacturing Methamphetamine;

          3.  Child Neglect;

          4.  Distribution of Methamphetamine;

          5.  Interference with Child Custody; and

          6.  Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor. 

Jones was given a bond of $150,000.00 on the Interference with Child Custody and Contributing to the Delinquency of Minor charges.  Bond has not been set yet on the remaining charges. 

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