3 arrested after deputy spots man cooking meth in Deltona garage

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DELTONA, Fla. - A Volusia County Sheriff’s deputy responding to an anonymous tip of drug activity followed a chemical odor that led him to a garage where a man was cooking up a batch of methamphetamine.

The incident happened Saturday night when a deputy following up on a tip drove down Florida Drive with his windows rolled down and detected the unmistakable chemical odor.

The odor got stronger as the deputy approached a home along Florida Drive, which is where he saw a man in a garage vigorously shaking a plastic bottle containing a liquid substance.

The deputy said he was able to arrest the man and two others at the residence.

While investigators searched the home, they found a small amount of methamphetamine and marijuana, along with all of the components of an active meth lab, including plastic bottles, muriatic acid, lye, drain opener, butane fuel, lithium batteries, pseudoephedrine, a razor blade, a smoking pipe and a digital scale.

Kelly Brooks, 45, was charged with manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia.

Howard Cook, 42, was charged with manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana under 20 grams, possession of drug paraphernalia.

 James Jackson, 57, was charged with manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.