Authorities in Florida have uncovered a meth lab in a vehicle parked outside a Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) location.
The office of the Clay County Sheriff reported that law enforcement discovered the vehicle in the parking lot. The discovery was coincidental because the police officers who made the discovery were following up on a report about a shoplifting incident when they came across the suspicious red Pontiac Sunfire. The Clay County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) reported that the officers discovered a bottle full of chemical contents.
The authorities had to clear the vehicles that were parked nearby after making the discovery so that they could avoid damage. This is because the authorities were worried that the bottle might explode. Nevertheless, the vehicle was neutralized by the authorities, and then towed away. Four suspects were arrested in relation to the incident including two men and women. The four suspects were Jonathan Scott Phillips, Brandon Shawn McKinney, Michelle L. Paradee and Adrian L. Winnie.
The two female suspects were charged with intent to manufacture methamphetamine. McKinney was also charged with conspiracy to manufacture marijuana, and an extra charge was imposed on him for theft of an item whose value is less than $100. Philips was also booked for similar offenses and an extra charge for trafficking the drug. Winnie also faces extra charges for possession of Fentanyl. The four suspects will be arraigned in court, and they have been denied bail.
The incident highlights the ease with which drug makers and traffickers have been evading the law. It also points to how dangerous the Fleming Island area has become despite the fact that it attracts a certain level of opulence. The moving meth lab bust has also led to questions about Wal-Mart and how it may have been encouraging overnight campers and truckers. The lack of records for those who camped or parked in its parking lot have attracted individuals whose intent might be threatening or otherwise illegal.