Charges filed after 4 found allegedly cooking meth in camper near NSB


NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. - In what could have been pulled directly out of the "Breaking Bad" script archives, four people were arrested near New Smyrna Beach after authorities said they were cooking methamphetamine in a camper.

An anonymous complaint about drug activity in a camper near New Smyrna Beach resulted in the arrest of three men and one woman on suspicion of manufacturing methamphetamine Tuesday night. The defendants -- three are New Smyrna Beach residents and one is an Edgewater resident -- were booked into the Volusia County Branch Jail in Daytona Beach.

Volusia County Sheriff's deputies said they responded to Cavedo Street Tuesday night and found a 25-foot pull-behind camper on the property.

Deputies said they saw Tye Lewandowski, 46, come out of the camper with a duffle bag, but Lewandowski jumped behind a shed when he saw deputies and came out without the bag.

As the deputy explained to the man why he was there, he walked around to where the bag was and found it partially open with bottles, liquids and tubing inside.

The deputy said he knew those items were commonly associated with the manufacture of methamphetamine.

When the deputy knocked on the camper door, he said he heard a lot of commotion inside and could also smell a strong chemical odor.

A couple minutes later, Jeffrey Goodwin, 38, Bobby Sutton, 39, and Kathryn Talbott, 28, emerged from the camper, deputies said.

Deputies obtained consent to search the camper and members of the Clandestine Laboratory Response Team found chemicals and equipment used to manufacture methamphetamine.

There was an active cook going on, authorities said, so the trained agents took control and safely dismantled the equipment.

All four suspects were charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, manufacture of methamphetamine and possession of listed chemicals.