Sheriff’s office busts 9th meth lab of year

Published 10:14pm Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Materials discovered inside a vehicle

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office made two arrests this week after discovering a rolling methamphetamine lab, or materials to make a meth lab inside a vehicle.

Narcotics detectives said they made a routine traffic stop Monday, Dec. 10 at Fire Tower Road and Shady Lane in Mill Spring. A K9 dog hit on the vehicle and officers discovered a backpack with all the materials necessary to make a meth lab.

Farrah Peeler, 35, of Landrum was arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession, distribute methamphetamine precursor, maintaining a vehicle/dwelling/place for a controlled substance, simple possession of schedule II controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to sheriff reports.

Darrell James Waters, 36, of Landrum was arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession, distribute methamphetamine precursor, identity theft, possession of drug paraphernalia and simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance, according to sheriff reports.

This is the ninth meth lab discovered this year in Polk County. The last one was discovered on Oct. 23 in Sunny View where four children ranging from ages two months to 7-years old were also living in the home.

This week’s meth lab in the vehicle is the county’s 12th discovery since August 2011.

The sheriff’s office also confiscated Peeler’s vehicle in Monday’s arrest, a 2005 Honda Accord. Peeler was released on a $30,000 bond, according to sheriff reports.

Waters was still being held as of yesterday afternoon under a $60,000 bond, according to the sheriff’s office.

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