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Jacksonville Beach SWAT search finds 40 grams of meth

Man arrested on drug charges, police say

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. – A man was arrested after Jacksonville Beach detectives and a SWAT team raided a home Tuesday afternoon, according to authorities. 

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The Jacksonville Beach Police Department said 54-year-old Jason Malec (pictured) was arrested on trafficking methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia charges after nearly 40 grams of methamphetamine were seized from the home on 15th Avenue North.

Malec's arrest report shows a pill bottle with black electrical tape, drug paraphernalia and a cellphone were also seized.

The Police Department said two other people at the home, the 59-year-old man who owns the home and a 49-year-old man, were issued notices to appear for drug paraphernalia and then released. They were not arrested.

"Last night late there were police cars, SWAT team, Fire and Rescue, people in handcuffs. A lot of action at the house. Actually pretty terrifying," said a neighbor who did not want to be identified.

The neighbor said he is trying to move his family from this street because of the ongoing problems where the meth bust took place.

"I know a couple neighbors did move and no one’s moved back in and I hope this ends the situation," he said.

Another neighbor, who wished to remain anonymous, told News4Jax she wasn't home when the bust happened, but knew police were watching.

"The police have been here. The police have talked to me at my house," she said. "They said, 'We're watching them.' And I guess they were." 

Police said this is an open investigation and detectives are still working on the case. News4Jax has requested the calls for service at the house.


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