• Deputies bust possible meth lab while conducting robbery warrant


    ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Orange County deputies got more than they bargained for when they went to arrest a man on an outstanding robbery warrant.

    Deputies went to arrest Earl Baggs on an outstanding robbery warrant at a home on 17th Avenue in Bithlo about 9 a.m. Tuesday. They said he put up a fight and was hiding in a loft area of the home, and after he was eventually arrested, detectives noticed remnants of a meth lab.

    "They're manufacturing meth in the one-pot method," said Cpl. Mike Hopkins with the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

    Their biggest concern was finding and removing all the chemicals.

    "The chemicals are highly explosive and flammable under pressure, and we found a considerable amount of these chemicals here," Hopkins said.

    Neighbors said they often saw suspicious activity going on at the house.

    “Pretty much you name it between stealing drugs and whatever it’s like it’s the (same) going on here,” said neighbor Dianne Olson.

    A deputy fell and got hurt during the arrest and investigation and was checked out at a walk-in clinic.

    Baggs is facing drug chargea and was booked into the Orange County Jail. Detectives are still working to determine if anyone else was involved in making meth.

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