Mobile meth lab shuts down area

By Lisa McDonald, Assignment Editor, lmcdonald@wkmg.com
Published On: Jan 30 2013 04:23:07 PM EST
Updated On: Jan 19 2013 10:50:13 PM EST
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PALM BAY, Fla. -

Palm Bay police officers blocked off a three-block area in the southwest portion of the city due to a high hazard incident involving what appears to be evidence of a mobile meth lab in a vehicle. 

The scene was located near Santo Domingo Avenue off of Jupiter Boulevard. Santo Domingo Drive was blocked between San Luis and Tucker, police said.

The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Meth Disposal Team responded to remove the hazard. Residents in the area were not evacuated, as the scene was secured pending removal, officials said.

At 6:53 a.m. Saturday, someone flagged down a patrol officer to report an erratic vehicle traveling south on Minton Road from Malabar Road, officials said.

Police said they located and stopped the car, a 2004 Saturn. As officers approached the car, the driver appeared under the influence, police said. Further investigation resulted in the driver being arrested for DUI, police said.

The driver of the vehicle was not immediately identified due to an ongoing investigation. Authorities said he is a 27-year-old white male.

Police said they found a cooler in the back seat and it contained evidence of paraphernalia used in a mobile meth lab. 

Due to the high-hazard potential of the contents, officers immediately secured the vehicle and cordoned off a safe zone until the meth disposal team could remove the hazard. 

There were no injuries as a result of the incident.

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