Man Arrested In Traveling Meth Lab Bust

August 11th, 2011 by Staff

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – A man was arrested after Volusia County beach patrol officers said they found a stolen car full of materials used to make meth. The car was found parked along A1A in Daytona Beach, police said.

Police said they arrested the man found in the black Mustang. He was with an 18-year-old woman.

“Any chemical used in the manufacturing of methanphetamin can be dangerous in its self, but when you get them all mixed together it causes a hazmat situation,” said Cpt. Tammy Maris, Volusia County Beach Patrol.

Because meth is such a dangerous and harmful substance, beach patrol called in a special cleanup crew. Investigators said they pulled out meth-making ingredients and tools from the vehicle that Gerald Champion was in.

They said they made Champion take off his clothes and put on a yellow hazmat suit because they were concerned about his clothes being contaminated with meth.

“He was arrested and taken to the jail on grand theft charges and the possession, and the manufacturing of methanphetamin,” said Maris.

Officers said they also had to keep clothing and other things found in the car isolated.

The Mustang had a window smashed out on the driver’s side. Officials haven’t said exactly why, except that the couple either would not wake up or refused to roll down the window.

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