110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
posted Apr 1, 2013 - 2:13:56pm
A Volusia County Sheriff’s deputy responding to an anonymous tip of drug activity on Saturday followed a chemical odor to a residence in Deltona, where a man was in the garage actively cooking up a batch of methamphetamines. When the investigation was over, three people went to jail on drug charges.
The incident started early Saturday night, when a deputy following up on a tip drove down Florida Drive with his windows rolled down and detected an unmistakable chemical odor. The odor got stronger as he approached 2241 Florida Drive. When the deputy stopped, the garage door was up and he could see a man in a chair who was vigorously shaking a plastic bottle containing a liquid substance. The deputy got out of the car and walked up to the garage, where the man was still shaking the bottle. When the deputy announced his presence, the man became startled and threw the plastic bottle under a table. The deputy then secured the man and two others in handcuffs and called in a Sheriff’s narcotics investigator to continue the investigation. Investigators obtained a search warrant to enter the residence and collect up evidence. The search turned up a small amount of methamphetamines and marijuana along with all of the components of an active meth lab, including plastic bottles, muriatic acid, lye, drain opener, butane fuel, lithium batteries, pseudoephedrine, a razor blade, a smoking pipe and a digital scale.
The defendants and their charges are as follows:
Kelly Brooks, age 45 (DOB: 11/4/67). Charged with manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia ($6,000 bond).
Howard Cook, age 42 (DOB: 7/4/70). Charged with manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana under 20 grams, possession of drug paraphernalia ($7,000 bond).
James Jackson, age 57 (DOB: 10/17/55). Charged with manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia ($8,500 bond).
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