One Arrested in Meth Bust in Killearn Acres

By: Eyewitness News, Julie Montanaro Email
By: Eyewitness News, Julie Montanaro Email

Kyle H. Shirkey
DOB: 12-06-1986
Charges: Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Trafficking in Methamphetamine and Possession of Listed Precursor Chemicals

UPDATED 9.20.2011 7:15pm by Julie Montanaro

A meth bust in Killearn Acres stuns neighbors.

A 24 year old man is under arrest and deputies say they caught him in the act in his own driveway.

The old van is still parked in the driveway. Deputies say someone complained about a strong smell coming from it.

When deputies got there around 4:30 in the morning, there was smoke coming out of the vent on top.

Inside, deputies say, was a man cooking meth.

"It's scary, it's very, very scary," said neighbor Sandy Cochran.
"We have young children. We have teenagers and it's a very, very frightening thing to know it's going on in your little neighborhood."

LCSO says it has been called to this home on the corner of Donerail and Tomy Lee Trail eleven times this year. but not for anything like this.

24 year old Kyle Shirkey was arrested and charged with manufacturing and trafficking meth as well possessing the ingredients to make more.

Drug agents say there were "two pots" cooking inside the van worth about $1500 on the street.

"Just from looking at the lab and talking to him, I think he's been doing it for a little while. It was not his first try," said LCSO SGT Ed Cook
"but it was not a large scale operation where he would be able to sell a lot in the community."

The real danger, Cook says, is those chemicals could have prompted an explosion big enough to blow the windows out of the van and set the house on fire.

"It's depressing. It's disappointing, but I'm glad to see that the officers were on top of it," said neighbor Sandy Fulop.

Drug agents found more meth-making gear inside the house. Two other people were home at the time, but deputies say they were not involved.
[UPDATE] Tallahassee, Florida - September 20, 2011 - 11:30am

At 4:30am on September 20, 2011, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a concerned citizen who advised there was a strong chemical odor coming from a van parked at 6600 Donerail Trail. Arriving deputies smelled the strong odors of camping fuel and acetone which are two of the chemicals commonly used to manufacture methamphetamine. Deputies also observed smoke coming from a vent on top of the van.

Deputies contacted Kyle H. Shirkey, 24, who was manufacturing methamphetamine inside the van and arrested him. Detectives from LCSO’s Vice Unit responded to the scene and dismantled the clandestine laboratory.

Sheriff Larry Campbell stated, “It was an alert citizen that provided the information which led the deputies to this meth lab. These cases are extremely dangerous to the public and to the law enforcement officers responding to them.”

The Leon County Sheriff’s Office reminds you to contact your local law enforcement if you think there may be any methamphetamine related activity near you. Remember, if you SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING.

Tallahassee, Florida - September 20, 2011 -

The Leon County Sheriff's Office says that a meth bust took place at a home in the Killearn Acres subdivision in Tallahassee. One person was arrested from the home on 6600 Donerail Trail after methamphetamine was discovered.

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