Officials: Mobile meth lab found after 2 men fight with deputies



APOPKA, Fla. - Deputies in Seminole and Orange counties said they caught two men who attacked a deputy in the Maitland-Apopka area.

Deputies said they busted a mobile methamphetamine lab at about 3 a.m. on Wednesday Rose Avenue and West Maitland Boulevard, near a mud pit, where two men were caught smoking drugs.

Just before officers found the meth lab in the bed of a truck, the men, Mackenzie Stokes, 21, and Aaron Smith, 30 of Deltona, were arrested after fighting with deputies, injuring one, officials said.

"They were resisting. They were attacking," said Jane Watrel of the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

One of the men was subdued, but Smith took off further into the woods, deputies said.

After a search with a chopper and a K-9, Smith was found near Pemberton Drive. He was bitten by the K-9 and shocked with a Taser, but is expected to be OK.

As deputies went to tow the men’s pick-up truck from the mud hole, they discovered the meth-making materials.

WFTV watched as Orange County drug agents spent the late morning taking apart the mobile meth lab.

"Because of the chemicals, they are highly flammable, highly toxic, so these experts come in and disassemble the chemicals that are there," said Watrel.

Drug agents believe the chemicals were for personal use and not for sale.

“You’re not going to have a big meth lab in a pickup truck,” said Sean Keys, who in the area.

He said he sees people driving to the mud hole at all hours of the day.

Deputies said the area is known for drug use and parties.

“Everyone goes back there almost on a daily basis,” Keys said.

WFTV found out Smith is wanted on burglary and criminal mischief charges in Deltona.

Stokes is in the hospital after deputies said he got aggressive in the back of a cruiser and slammed his head against the cage, knocking a metal plate and some screws in his jaws loose.

The pair will be booked into the Orange County Jail, deputies said.

The deputy who was attacked is OK.