• 2 charged after Lady Lake Police find mobile meth lab during traffic stop


    LADY LAKE, Fla. - Lady Lake police said a man from The Villages was busted for making and trafficking methamphetamine out of a truck.

    Authorities said a traffic stop on Rolling Acres Road led to the discovery of William Verticelli's mobile meth lab.

    Police said they pulled Verticelli over because his old SUV had an issue with the license plate. They said the plate's tags were registered to a trailer, which is when police decided to search the vehicle.

    Police said the SUV contained chemicals and hardware to make meth and at least 14 grams of the drug. 

    Verticelli and his friend, Denis Campbell, were charged with manufacturing and trafficking the drug. They were jailed on $155,000 bond.

    Verticelli's neighbor, Jim Gioia, said the locals were wary of Verticelli.  Gioia said Verticelli's mother owns the home but they said he would come around, sometimes with Campbell. 

    "I seen him the other day," said Gioia. "And I had to make sure I told him, 'I'm a full-time resident, and I keep my eye on your mother.'"

    Gioia said some of the neighbors hope they've now seen the last of Verticelli.

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