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Deputies: 2 arrested in mobile meth lab at park

Suspects were from Putnam County

Booking photos for Stacy Blackwelder and Kenneth Keene
Booking photos for Stacy Blackwelder and Kenneth Keene

ALACHUA COUNTY, Fla. – Two people from Putnam County were arrested in a mobile meth lab at a public park in Gainesville, the Alachua County Sheriff's Office announced Wednesday.

Stacy Blackwelder, of Palatka, and Kenneth Keene, of Satsuma, were taken into custody.

Two deputies were patrolling Earl P. Powers Park on SE Hawthorne Road in Gainesville Tuesday night, when they discovered an occupied vehicle in the park after hours.

The deputies said they saw multiple syringes and what appeared to be two grams of powder methamphetamine in plain view inside the car.

They also saw several common items that are used to manufacture meth, ACSO said.

One of the people in the vehicle told deputies there was an active one-pot meth cook locked in a tool box inside the vehicle as well, investigators said.

Deputies cleared the area and contacted the Clandestine Lab Response Team to remove the hazards and get rid of the harmful chemicals.

The team recovered an active one-pot meth cook, two gas generators, various chemicals, drug paraphernalia and 78.8 grams of meth oil from the vehicle.

The two suspects are facing several charges, including trafficking in methamphetamine.

They were booked into the Alachua County Jail.