29 arrested in Clay County drug sweep

Investigators find meth lab, children in home where suspect was found

Published On: Dec 04 2012 04:33:48 PM EST   Updated On: Dec 05 2012 01:16:10 AM EST
MIDDLEBURG, Fla. -

More than of 48 men and women sought in a drug sweep in Clay County on Tuesday were arrested on warrants, and the arrests will continue Wednesday.

Detectives said they went to one home in the 3200 block of County Road 215 in Middleburg on Tuesday afternoon to arrest a wanted suspect on a warrant and found at least five others in the home, in addition to the suspect, and the components of a meth lab.

Detectives were questioning the adults and securing the meth lab-related materials.

“The first one we found, appeared to be residue and we found some chemicals that are associated with meth, meth production. While conducting another search we located another lab that was actually cooking," said Captain Barry Abramowitz. 

The Department of Children and Families was called to take custody of children who were in the home or find alternate housing for them. Investigators said they told DCF the children's health could be affected by chemicals used to make meth.

“I worry about the kids because I think there was quite a few kids there, so I’m not sure what’s going to happen to them," said resident Kerry Warren.

Steve Schneider lives nearby and was stunned to hear his neighbors could face criminal charges.

"It was totally surprising to pull up and see about 12 sheriff's cars in front of your house and a Hazmat," said Schneider.

Investigators worked Tuesday night to clean up the crime scene. 

Neighbors said they are hopeful their community will be cleaned up and become quiet after Tuesday's events. 

Schneider said he also hopes justice is served.

“Well I hope they go to jail. I hope they bulldoze the house down. I mean, if you’re going to do the crime, pay it, especially with that crime, meth lab. I mean, Officer White lost his life over that," said Schneider.  

As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, those arrested were: