Fraud case leads to apparent meth lab bust
Published: Friday, August 8, 2014 at 5:04 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, August 8, 2014 at 5:04 p.m.
The High Springs Police Department and the Alachua-Gainesville Drug Task Force uncovered a possible methamphetamine lab while investigating a case of fraud Wednesday night.
HSPD was investigating Stephen Wyer, 34, for alleged fraudulent use of a credit card when it received a confidential tip that Wyer had methamphetamine inside a cooler at or near 320 NW Eighth St. in High Springs, according to reports.
After getting a narcotics search warrant, HSPD said it went to Wyer’s house around 8 p.m. Wednesday and found a cooler on the north side of the residence containing items used for cooking methamphetamine.
The Alachua-Gainesville Drug Task Force helped execute the warrant and the High Springs Fire Department was on scene for safety reasons.
The task force disposed of the items from the cooler, police said.
One witness noted that, although local residents were warned to evacuate because of a risk of explosion, the officers on the scene were not wearing safety gear.
“They had a 5-gallon bucket in the middle of the street,” said a man who was visiting one of the neighbors. “Supposedly, it was part of a meth lab. These guys didn’t have so much as a mask on.”
Wyer was in the custody of the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office before the investigation for unrelated charges. Wyer is now being charged with possession with intent to manufacture or sell a controlled substance, authorities said.