Kids left at bus stop leads to meth lab bust

Putnam County Sheriff's Office booking photo of Chris Harrison
Putnam County Sheriff's Office booking photo of Chris Harrison

INTERLACHEN, Fla. – The Putnam County Sheriff's Office initiated an investigation Tuesday after two young children were left at a bus stop, leading to the arrest of a man in a meth lab bust.

The Florida Department of Children and Families alerted the Sheriff's Office after a DCF case worker learned that the children, who are 5 and 7 years old, were possibly left at the bus stop because the guardian was under the influence of narcotics.

Deputies said when they arrived at the home on Shangrila Street, they discovered evidence of the manufacture of methamphetamine. They evacuated the area.

Deputies said they found syringes, burnt spoons and other types of paraphernalia along with several of the chemicals used in the meth manufacturing process.

Deputies arrested 48-year-old Chris Harrison on charges of production and possession of methamphetamine. Harrison is the children's grandfather.

Harrison was booked into the Putnam County jail and has since been released on a bond of $5,008.

The investigation is continuing and additional charges are pending. DCF arranged for the safe placement of the children.