Meth lab being dismantled in Palm Coast home

Authorities investigated home for several weeks

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PALM COAST, Fla. - A Hazmat unite dismantled a meth lab at a home in Palm Coast, the Flagler County Sheriff's Office Special Investigations Unit said Friday.

The St. Johns County Hazmat Unit dismantled the meth lab Friday afternoon at a home at 1 Cooper Lane. Sheriff's deputies executed a search warrant on the home around 1 p.m.

Five adults and two children, both four years of age, were found inside. On the exterior patio, deputies said they located an active meth lab and three adults have been charged with manufacturing of methamphetamine.

Brent Chambers, 35, Heather Hastey, 42, and Will Hodge, 30 have been charged, deputies said.

The Florida Department of Children and Families was called out to determine the conditions of the children and whether they will be taken into emergency custody. Deputies said two other adults were released from the scene with no charges filed.

Authorities said traffic in and out of the neighborhood on Clubhouse Drive was interrupted Friday and motorists were asked to avoid the area.

Commander Jack Bisland of the Sheriff's Office Investigative Services unit said detectives, as well as the Safe Neighborhood Unit, have been investigating the home for several weeks.

"We received tips from citizens and we combined that with the information that we had collected," said Bisland. "We were able to obtain the search warrant this morning."

Bisland said it appeared that the meth was being used for personal use, but also being manufactured on a small scale for distribution to others. He added that the Palm Coast Fire Department was also assisting at the scene.

Flagler County Sheriff James L. Manfre thanked the community for its help in shutting down the operation.

"Our community, our residents play a vital part in what we are all striving for –- a safe community," said Manfre. "I wish to thank those who were proactive and reported the suspicious activity."

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