Meth lab found in Interlachen; one arrested

Published: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 6:54 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 6:54 p.m.

Two young children left at an Interlachen bus stop resulted in the arrest of man on suspicion of making methamphetamine, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Chris Harrison, 48, the grandfather of the children, was arrested on charges of production and possession of methamphetamine, according to a press release.

The investigation began Tuesday after the Florida Department of Children and Families learned that the children, ages 5 and 7, were possibly left at the bus stop because their guardian was under the influence of drugs, the release states.

Deputies arriving at the home at 401 Shangri La St. in Interlachen discovered evidence of meth manufacturing. Due to the dangers of the process, deputies evacuated the area and called in the Meth Lab Response Unit.

Deputies found an active meth lab, syringes, burned spoons and other types of paraphernalia along with chemicals used in the meth manufacturing process, the release states.

Specially trained and equipped deputies rendered the lab safe and then collected the lab, paraphernalia and chemicals.

The investigation is continuing and additional charges are pending. DCF arranged for the safe placement of the children.

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