Two arrested in suspected meth lab bust in Port St. Lucie

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Port St. Lucie police and DEA officials raided a suspected methamphetamine lab Thursday morning, making two arrests at the single-story home just off Airoso Boulevard, officials said.

Candice Salerno, 31, and Eric Jon Erichsen, 40, of Port St Lucie are charged with the manufacturing of methamphetamine and child abuse.

U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration officials executed a search warrant in the 100 block of NE Surfside Avenue just after 7:30 a.m. Thursday. They entered the house off Airoso Boulevard in gas masks.
 
Officials in black suits, green gloves and what appeared to be respirators came and went from the home as a large white truck sat parked out front.

Officials say they found a moderate amount of supplies in the rental house that could be used to manufacture methamphetamine.

They suspect there was a one-pot-style meth lab inside but say they found multiple containers with what could be methamphetamine. The evidence will go to a crime lab, to determine its contents.

Officers say Salerno's 11-year-old daughter was inside the home when they entered.

Masked officers stood near Erichsen, who was clad in a yellow body suit and sitting in the front lawn.

Salerno, who was handcuffed, sat across the street, at times wearing a white mask over her mouth.

A Port St. Lucie Police officer took away Salerno and Erichsen, who are a couple, around 10:30 a.m. Both suspects were bound in handcuffs.

A police sergeant called them uncooperative. He says more charges may be pending.

Jim Fritts, 64, lives across the street from the home. He said he suspected something had been going on at the residence.

"I didn't know if it was a meth lab, but I figured it was some kind of drug thing because there were so many people in cars coming in and out of this place," he said.

"The garage door was almost always open, even day and night, and there was just a whole lot of people coming and going, coming and going."

The latest methamphetamine bust follows at least three others made recently. Two were in the unincorporated county east of U.S. 1, while another was in Port St. Lucie.

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