Police ID man whose death led to discovery of drug lab

JSO: Lab used to extract THC oil found in dead man's shed in Grove Park

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Police have released the name of a 29-year-old man whose death led to the discovery of a drug lab in a shed in the city's Grove Park area.

The lab discovery forced the evacuation of 10 homes in the neighborhood Thursday afternoon, police said.

The Medical Examiner has not determined a cause of death for Neil Eubanks.

He was found dead in a house on Acapulco Road about 12:30 p.m. Thursday after a young child in the home called a family member, saying the father was sick in the kitchen, police said.

During the investigation, a drug lab was found in a back shed, Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Lt. Steve Mullen said. 

The Sheriff's Office's bomb squad and narcotics unit were then called to investigate. They re

"There was a small narcotics lab designed to use compressed butane to extract oil from marijuana and then use that marijuana as a supplement. It's compressed THC," Mullen said.

Ten houses in the area were evacuated as a precaution.

The evacuation was an interruption for some families, including Angela Bedel, who lives in the area.

“Well, we were in the midst of putting up Christmas trees, a Thanksgiving tradition. Everyday we get done with Thanksgiving dinner and we put up the Christmas tree, and it’s just family tradition and I had to leave that to come over and make sure that my house was okay,” Bedel said.

Families were allowed to return home around 8:30 p.m. after the shed was deemed safe by detectives.

Neither the man's child, who is under the age of 12, nor family members knew anything about what was in the shed, according to Mullen.

"In fact, they didn't know anything about what we were asking them about. Nobody was able to give us any information about what was in the shed," Mullen said. 

The child who called for help is with a relative, police said.