Children Exposed To Meth Lab

By: Emily Johnson, Leon County Sheriff's Office Email
By: Emily Johnson, Leon County Sheriff's Office Email

By: Emily Johnson
October 18, 2012

Tallahassee, FL - Jeremy Clemmons and Laura Day are now behind bars. They were arrested for the manufacturing of meth and for possession of marijuana and other drug paraphernalia. The Leon County Sheriff's Office responded to a call Thursday afternoon at 2471 Talco Hills Apartment "D" of possible criminal activity. "When we arrived we found what we believed to be a meth operation going on. While we were there we also learned that there was in fact a operation going on and we did make 2 arrest in that case.,"said LT. Tony Drzewiecki, Spokesperson for the Leon County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies also found that four children all under the age of five were at the home. "We also learned that children had been exposed to the chemicals that were being used at the meth lab and the charges were filed in that case," said Drzewiecki.

We spoke with neighbors who declined to speak on camera, but said they were shocked when they found out a meth lab was next door. LCSO says there are certain chemical smells that come with the manufacturing of meth. "Sometimes you might not even know a meth lab is right next store to you and sometimes you will. Sometimes you might smell a chemical odor coming from a residence or apartment," said Drzewiecki.

The four children taken from the home are now in the custody of Florida's Department of Children and Families.

We will update you when further information becomes available.


Press Release: Leon County Sheriff's Office

On Thursday October 18, 2013, Leon County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 2471 Talco Hills apartment “D” in reference to the report of possible criminal activity. Upon arrival deputies observed signs of drug use, including the manufacturing of methamphetamine (referred to as “meth”). VICE detectives responded to the scene and confirmed that meth was being manufactured at the residence, and arrested Jeremy Clemmons and Laura Day.

Chemicals, marijuana and other drug paraphernalia were also located in the residence. During this investigation it was discovered that four young children had been exposed to meth, and other chemicals and drugs which were found in the residence. Violent Crimes Detectives and Investigators with the Department of Children and Families responded and removed the children from the unsafe residence.

Methamphetamine is a powerful, highly toxic, addictive drug that is illegally manufactured (also referred to “cooking”) in makeshift labs. A functioning meth lab presents the greatest risk of adverse health effects for occupants, neighbors and responding law enforcement personnel. Fire and explosion present an immediate public safety risk due to the volatile solvents normally found at these sites.

The cooking process also generates toxic gases such as phosphine gas and hydrogen chloride gas. In addition to inhalation or skin exposure risks, children living in a meth lab environment typically are in contact with the floor and other contaminated surfaces, and thus has a higher potential for exposure due to ingesting chemicals.

Breathing chemical fumes associated with meth production can cause injury, death and long-term health effects including cancer, damage to the central nervous system, liver, or kidneys, birth defects, and miscarriages, heart problems, aggression and violence. Meth causes health problems not just for the users, but also for others who are unknowingly exposed to the meth or associated chemicals and byproducts.

CHARGES
PRODUCE METHAMPHETAMINE
KEEP DANGEROUS DRUGS
POSSESS METHAMPHETAMINE
POSSESS LISTED CHEMICAL FOR MANUFACTURE OF CONTROLED SUBSTANCE
POSSESS NARCOTIC EQUIPMENT
MARIJUANA-POSSESS NOT MORE THAN 20 GRAMS
CHILD NEGLECT (4 COUNTS)


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