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St. Augustine woman accused of manufacturing meth

Meth lab discovered at a home off Pacetti Road, just south of State Road 16

St. Johns County Sheriff's Office booking photo of Nicole Branson
St. Johns County Sheriff's Office booking photo of Nicole Branson

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – A 27-year-old woman was charged with producing methamphetamine and possession of the drug after St. Johns County deputies responding to a welfare check at a home on Pacetti Road just south of State Road 16 discovered a meth lab.

This bust happened around 1 a.m. at a home set off the road behind some trees. After the Sheriff's Office clandestine law enforcement team confirmed the presence of meth in the house, Nicole Branson was decontaminated by firefighters and booked into the St. Johns County jail.

Branson faces second- and third-degree felonies. Bond was set at $35,000.