Vero Beach meth lab found: May be the largest ever on the Treasure Coast, officials say
Lamaur Stancil, Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers , WPTV Web Team
10:42 AM, May 9, 2013
9:53 PM, May 9, 2013
VERO BEACH — Detectives from Indian River County's Multi Agency Criminal Enforcement Unit said they had been looking into the home in the 1900 block of 22nd Avenue for several weeks as a methamphetamine manufacturing site.
When a search warrant was granted Thursday and investigators went inside, the amount of active equipment discovered qualified the home as possibly the largest methamphetamine lab ever found on the Treasure Coast, according to the DEA.
Indian River County Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Thom Raulen said four people were taken into custody after investigators went into the home about 7 a.m.
Those arrested are Clinton B. Story, 30, and Edward McElhenny, 50, both charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine; and Angela Story, 32, and Paul Richardson, 27, charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.
Sheriff's Sgt. Anthony Civita said some undercover purchases had been made at the home.
In addition to the lab found in the home, a bag containing a mobile lab was also found. "The travel bag had all the supplies in it to allow them to make meth anywhere they went; a hotel, another house, even the back of a vehicle could have been used as a mobile lab," Civita said in a press release.
In a separate investigation, the Department of Children and Families had removed two children from the home a few weeks ago, the Sheriff's Office said. Neighbors said they've noticed a lot of traffic pulling into the home, which had them suspicious about drug activity.