CLEARWATER, Fla. (WLFA) – Clearwater police arrested two men late Wednesday night after discovering what appeared to be a small meth lab at a mobile home park.
Emergency crews responded to Capri Mobile Home Park along U.S. Highway 19 around 10:15 p.m. Wednesday when they got information about possible drug activity.
The residence, at lot 324, was cleared, police officials tell News Channel 8. No other homes were evacuated.Around 3 a.m. Thursday, emergency workers pulled supplies and chemicals out of the home and placed them on a tarp in the roadway. They say this type of scene is typical with meth labs.
The fire department was called to the scene as a precaution.
“It’s just crazy. It’s a bomb,” said Jill Moore, who lives in the neighborhood. “It could potentially blow up the entire neighborhood. There’s children that live right across the street!”
Pedro Ruiz, 45, was charged with unlawful possession of listed chemicals. Timothy Schultz , 47, was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The investigation, which revealed a small effort to produce meth, continues. The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office and Clearwater Fire & Rescue assisted Clearwater Police.