Mobile Meth Lab Bust in Wakulla

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Crawfordville, Florida - May 19, 2011 -

Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office investigators arrested two men in connection with operating a mobile methamphetamine lab at the 1000 block of River Plantation Road at 8:05 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, according to Sheriff David Harvey.

Paul Mitchell Porretto, 53, of Tallahassee and Nathan Ray Deanda, 24, of Bowling Green, Fla. were charged with possession of methamphetamines, manufacturing methamphetamines and trafficking methamphetamines more than 14 grams. Porretto was also charged with battery and knowingly operating a motor vehicle while license is suspended or revoked.

Deputy Clint Beam responded to a 911 call where a victim stated he had been beaten and shot at by the suspect. The call came from Deanda who helped Deputy Beam, Lt. Mike Kemp and Deputy Nick Gray identify the suspect van as it drove near their location.

Captain Steve Ganey, Captain Bill Poole and Detective Derek Lawhon arrived on scene to assist and the van was stopped and Porretto was detained. Law enforcement officials observed materials through the window of the van, bottles, a glass jar and hoses, which appeared to be used in the manufacture of methamphetamines.

Detective Rob Giddens and Deputy Sean Wheeler arrived on the scene with the WCSO Meth Trailer and the officers were given consent to search the van. A pot of cooked solution containing methamphetamines was discovered and weighed 453.4 grams and two grams of pure methamphetamines was also discovered inside the van.

Deanda told investigators that Porretto had picked him up in Tallahassee earlier in the evening and became agitated over him being on the telephone. Porretto allegedly pulled the victim to the ground and threatened to kill him. The victim escaped and ran from the scene. Porretto allegedly shot at Deanda as he ran away. Deanda suffered minor injuries in the altercation. Detective Rick Buckley also assisted with the investigation.

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