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By Pat Andrews
posted Feb 18, 2014 - 3:29:27pm
A Volusia County sheriff's deputy got suspicious when occupants of a vehicle in Deltona acted "quite nervous and avoided making direct eye contact with the deputy," the Sheriff's Office reported.
The car's two occupants had a good reason for appearing nervous — a mobile meth lab was in the trunk of the car, the report states. Two Deltona men were arrested as the result of the traffic stop.
The incident happened in the vicinity of Courtland Boulevard and Fort Smith Boulevard just after 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15.
Suspicious, the deputy called in a K-9 unit. After a quick sniff of the car, the dog alerted to the presence of drugs, the Sheriff's Office reported. A search produced a backpack with a bottle of muriatic acid and Coleman Camp Fuel, two common elements in meth production. More elements found in the backpack included a plastic hose and funnel, drain opener, table salt, coffee filters, ice packs, and two syringes containing trace amounts of methamphetamines, the report states.
During questioning, 42-year-old Billy Hayes admitted the backpack was his and said he knew what it contained, the Sheriff's Office reported. Another man, 31-year-old Jason Knope, had on him a small plastic container with trace amounts of methamphetamine, according to the Sheriff's Office.
"Both men admitted to being meth users," Sheriff's Office spokesman Gary Davidson stated.
Hayes was charged with manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Knope was charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both were booked into the Volusia County Branch Jail in Daytona Beach.
Hayes remained in custody Feb. 17 under a total $28,500 bond. Knope remained in custody Feb. 17 under $3,500 bond.
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