A 3,000-square-foot, five-bedroom house in the Deerwood area was condemned after police say they found a meth lab in it late Tuesday afternoon.
The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office bomb squad and Jacksonville Fire-Rescue hazardous materials team were called to the home in the 7800 block of West Turnstone Circle, off Gate Parkway about 5:45 p.m. The home is in the gated community of James Island.
According to the police report, a woman called them saying her boyfriend was cooking methamphetamines in the house.
Investigators confirmed meth and items consistent with the manufacture of the drug were found inside the home.
Police said 40-year-old Charles Bickerton came outside and was arrested without incident on a charge of possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell and intent to manufacture controlled substances.
According to the report, Bickerton admitted to having an addiction problem but said he had never cooked meth inside the home.
DOCUMENT: Bickerton arrest report
Several homes in the area were evacuated Tuesday afternoon as a precaution. The house was condemned by city officials.
Real estate records show the house sold for $408,900 in 2008, but was assessed last by the Duval County Tax Collector at $322,529.