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3 arrested after meth lab found in van

St. Johns County Sheriff's Office booking photos of Thomas Robinson III, Karla Cheshire and Rachel Tavares
St. Johns County Sheriff's Office booking photos of Thomas Robinson III, Karla Cheshire and Rachel Tavares

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. – Two women and a man were arrested on methamphetamine-related charges after a mobile meth lab was found early Friday morning, according to the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office.

Rachel Tavares, 36, Thomas Robinson III, 37, and Karla Cheshire, 32, were all arrested and charged with production of methamphetamine and booked into the St. Johns County Jail.

At about 1:30 a.m., employees at a CVS Pharmacy in the 100 block of State Road 312 called the Sheriff's Office to report several people came in the store and tried to buy over-the-counter medication containing pseudoephedrine, deputies said.

They left the pharmacy and the employees were able to provide a description of the van they left in to dispatchers, deputies said.

Deputies canvassed the area and found the vehicle in a Walmart parking lot. The vehicle was stopped and deputies said they saw bags from several pharmacies in the van and a black backpack, which they said seemed very "bulky."

A narcotics K-9 unit responded to the scene and alerted on the vehicle, deputies said. Tavares told deputies that the bag contained an "old" meth lab, deputies said.

The Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement Team responded to the scene and said that the bag contained a mobile lab, which was dismantled and collected as evidence, deputies said.