Homeowner finds squatters, meth lab in his Deltona home

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VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. - Investigators said a homeowner called police after he found squatters and a meth lab inside his Deltona home on Sunday.

Deputies responded to the home near Haverhill Drive and Daroca Drive in Deltona around 2:00 p.m.

According to investigators, the homeowner knew a man and woman were squatting in his home, but he gave them a few days to leave.

When he went to check on the house Sunday afternoon, deputies said the homeowner found the couple still in the home and noticed a strong, flammable odor coming from the garage.

The homeowner called 911 and responding deputies subsequently called hazmat crews to the scene. Investigators said evidence of meth production was found in the home.

Neighbors were shocked to know squatters were making meth in a home in their community.

"It's really scary, nobody wants that in their neighborhood. Lets hope they get the help they need and they get the heck out of my neighborhood, neighbor Lisa Bennett said.

The man who was squatting in the home was in need of medical attention and was taken to a hospital, deputies said. The woman fled the scene and has not been located.

Deputies said the case is under investigation and charges are pending.

This is the second meth lab discovered in Volusia County in 24 hours. On Saturday, two people were arrested after a meth lab was found in a home on Monument Drive in Deltona.