Mobile Meth Lab Bust in Wakulla

By: WCSO Release
By: WCSO Release

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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  • by eyezonyou on May 20, 2011 at 08:22 AM
    WOW only 22 comments for these thugs. Why so few? I know the answer to that question and so does TIR!
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      by Inquiring Minds Need to know on May 20, 2011 at 09:47 AM in reply to eyezonyou
      Dear Eyes & TIR, Since you mentioned it, could you please let us know the answer. Should the people in the surrounding neighborhoods be concerned?
  • by Gutshot Location: Wakulla on May 20, 2011 at 03:58 AM
    That punks double "tear" tatoos are definitely gang related. Gotta give WCSO some credit here. Get a rope!
  • by Capt. Obvious Location: Methampitheater on May 19, 2011 at 07:21 PM
    They were "speed"ing down the "high"way.
  • by Bev on May 19, 2011 at 07:20 PM
    Anyone that would ever consider messing around with this drug obviously hasn't heard of meth mites. That's just nasty!
  • by Mad at someone Location: River Plantation on May 19, 2011 at 05:35 PM
    That road is behind locked gates with codes supposively only available to property owners. I want to know where these people got the d*** code!!!!
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      by River Lover on May 20, 2011 at 06:24 AM in reply to Mad at someone
      Check Wakulla Clerk's site, public records. The 53 yr. old is a property owner and partner in Rio Paz.I too wanted to know how these folks got in the locked gates, so I did the search to find out one of them is a resident or property owner. Very disturbing. Just goes to show it can happen anywhere.
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        by Mad at someone on May 20, 2011 at 07:35 AM in reply to River Lover
        Thanks for the info. I know it can happen anywhere-just hate that it happened in my backyard. I have alerted the RPE homeowners and some in hunters glen.
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          by River Lover on May 20, 2011 at 11:33 AM in reply to Mad at someone
          Your welcome. I hate it too, this is my backyard as well. I guess i just didn't expect this kind of thing to be going on so close to home. That was the reason for my comment that it can happen anywhere.
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      by rivarealz on May 20, 2011 at 01:00 PM in reply to Mad at someone
      yeah thats crazy that it happened in river plantation! such a great neighborhood! they don't do background checks?
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        by Mad at someone on May 20, 2011 at 03:30 PM in reply to rivarealz
        It did not happen in River Plantation Estates-it happened on the 1000 block of River Plantation Road between Hunters Glen, Hardwood Hammock and Rio Paz. That's the dirt road between the back gate of River Plantation and 98. River Plantation Estates homeowners have access to the US98 Gate but so do Rio Paz (where Parretto once owned land-and obviously still has friends/connections), Hardwood Hammocks, and Hunters Glen residents. You must have a "key" not a code to access River Plantation Estates proper from US 98. This thug did not have that key-not a resident of our neighborhood-thank goodness!
  • by Darth Vader on May 19, 2011 at 05:24 PM
    The accused should be included in the Darwin Awards for this year. Great way to burn trash, what can be done to expand market?
  • by sunnybeaches on May 19, 2011 at 05:09 PM
    What exactly was this 53 year old man doing with a 24 year old 'KID'from out of town, besides cooking meth?
  • by TIR on May 19, 2011 at 03:31 PM
    THUGS...
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      by yep on May 20, 2011 at 07:08 AM in reply to TIR
      you're right...and I was hoping they were smiling in the photos just to see if they still had teeth...
  • by make em eat it ! Location: smoke land on May 19, 2011 at 01:47 PM
    about a pound each ought to do it !
  • by Anonymous on May 19, 2011 at 11:28 AM
    by their pics they look like true 'thugs'!
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