Neighbors Cooking Meth In Backyard
Deputies were after Simon Pawlak, 27, on a violation of probation charge, but when they got to his northern Columbia County address, deputies didn't find Pawlak immediately. Instead, they uncovered what he and a few others were cooking up.
According to the report, Rose Perry, 53, was leaving a shed behind the house when deputies arrived.
"They were actively in the process of cooking the chemicals, or processing the chemicals to make methamphetamine," said Sgt. Ed Seifert, sheriff's office spokesperson.
Perry, Pawlak, and two other Lake City men are being charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine.
"We're still working to identify who this group was, how large they were and what their network was," he said.
Rounding up the suspects wasn't easy. According to deputies, Raymond Hall, 24, who had an active arrest warrant, was hiding in a closet inside the house and Pawlak ran into the woods.
"We did find that subject hiding in the wooded area of the house, half covered in dirt, trying to conceal himself," he said.
Deputies say the lab was emptied, safely, and all evidence is being processed by the DEA's office.
The owner of the home, Jackie Trowell, 56, is also being charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. According to deputies, several firearms and a cross bow were found inside the home.
On Friday, Trowell posted his $17,000 bond. The other three remain in the Columbia County Jail.
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