Suspected meth lab raided in Port St. Lucie; Police, DEA take part in bust

Three people in custody

PORT ST. LUCIE — Local and federal officials converged on a central Port St. Lucie home Thursday morning in a drug probe, searching the single-story residence following neighborhood complaints.

"Finally," an animated Lisa Smith, 49, said as Port St. Lucie police and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration officials worked at the suspected methamphetamine-producing site in a home in the 2000 block of Southwest Aquarius Lane.

"These police officers come out here every single week, every other week, every two days," Smith said. "There was a kid on the roof ... but what can they do? What honestly can they do, what can the police do, they can't make them move."

Police Lt. Scott Beck said police learned of the home through neighborhood complaints. He said three people were in custody before noon, saying search efforts at the home were in the early stages. He said investigators believe four people live at the home and that all are involved.

"We're serving a search warrant on it for narcotics, crystal meth, as well as other narcotics," Beck said. "We believe that they've been consistently cooking crystal methamphetamine in this home."

The St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office this week raided a suspected methamphetamine manufacturing site on Tumblin Kling Road, just west of U.S. 1 and north of Midway Road. A sheriff's detective said his agency has noted an uptick in meth-related cases in recent months.

Beck echoed the sentiment

"For the longest time ... we didn't see much in the way of crystal meth in the city of Port St. Lucie," he said. "In the last seven weeks, I think, this is the fourth meth house, meth lab that we've actually served search warrants on and have made arrests on ... "It's definitely starting to rise its head in the city."

Beck said in many cases, meth homes smell of ammonia because ammonia burns off during the methamphetamine cooking process.

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