Police: Man arrested at potential outdoor meth lab


PALATKA, Fla. – A man was arrested on drug charges at a potential outdoor methamphetamine lab in Palatka on Saturday, according to the Palatka Police Department.

Around 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Officer A.J. Flateau responded to a complaint of people arguing in a wooded area behind a residence. When Flateau arrived, he made contact with a man, Mitchell Mills, who was in a camp-like area in the woods.

Flateau found an active pit fire in the camp, along with a duffel bag, lunch box, pill holders and a blue bag covered by freshly cut branches. A thorough search of the area turned up the following items: a small amount of cocaine, a bottle of drain cleaning crystals, lithium batteries, iodized salt, distilled water, syringes, spoons, a digital scale, pill grinder, ten (10) Pseudoephedrine pills, bottles, tubes and several unidentified bottles of liquid. Collectively many of these items can be used to produce methamphetamine.

Mills was arrested and charged with drug possession, cocaine possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. The Palatka Police Department is continuing its investigation and additional charges could be issued.