Meth House Busted In Belleview
MARION COUNTY - Like any other family, one couple in marion county had a freezer stuffed with frozen food. And, investigators say, jars of meth. Two people are now behind bars after investigators say they were running a meth house.
An anonymous tip led to two arrests here in Marion County for cooking meth. Plastic tubes, chemicals, batteries and other supplies were some of the things found inside of this home.
Robert Nell has been living in this home for 10 years. "It's usually a quiet neighborhood, it's a lot of older people in here. I guess the young people move in and think it's an older development that nobody will say a word... Well something happened," Nell said.
He is the neighbor of Taura Hammil and William Blan, who are behind bars after police received a tip of a meth lab at their home on SE 99th court in Belleview.
Sergeant Angy Scroble with the Ocala Police Department said, "When they got in with the search warrant they find some active meth labs, they also found some marijuana and some other things once they got in."
According to police reports, hammil stated she sells meth to pay bills and get by. Pipes, clear bags, a scale and nearly 700 grams of meth, were found inside the house. And out in the yard there was a black bag labeled "Joker" which contained 9 grams of synthetic marijuana.
"The firefighters were outside in hazmat suits so we knew there was some kind of drug bust going on," Nell added. Living so close to the couple, Nell says he felt like something wasn't right.
Agents discovered five jars in the freezer with methamphetamine oil. There was also cut tubing near the front porch, commonly used to make meth.
Nell said, "They had a lot of traffic going in and out. 8 to 10 cars coming in and out everyday. And you don't have that many friends coming in and out and only staying 15-20 minutes... It's a good tip off."
According to the report, both Hammil and Blan changed their story multiple times when interviewed by detectives. Blan has been arrested for drugs in the past.
Scroble says if you see or smell anything suspicious in your neighborhood don't hesitate to tell authorities. "If you're not sure you want to call in to the actual police department with an anonymous tip there are other ways... There's crimestoppers. For us, we have a mobile app... It's called my pd and you can do an anonymous tip through there as well, it has the ability to remain anonymous," Scroble said.
Both defendants remain in the marion county jail with over $100,000 in bond.
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