HERNANDO COUNTY, Fla. (970 WFLA) – Hernando County deputies said a traffic stop led to the discovery of a mobile meth lab.
According to the sheriff’s office, deputies were dispatched to the area of Cortez Boulevard and Hunt Lane early Sunday morning regarding reports of a reckless driver in a white Cadillac.
Officials said a deputy spotted the vehicle weaving in and out of lanes and conducted a traffic stop. Deputies said the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle identified herself via her Florida identification card as 32-year-old Melinda Beadling.
Deputies said a computer query revealed that Beadling's driver's license was suspended. Post Miranda, deputies said Beadling admitted to knowing that her license was suspended, but denied knowing why.
Deputies said she was placed under arrest.
Deputies said an inventory of the vehicle, incident to arrest revealed several items that appeared to be precursor chemicals for manufacturing methamphetamine.
According to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, Beadling said post Miranda that she was staying at the Motel 6 on Commercial Way with her boyfriend, 30-year-old Nicholas Rodriguez, and that the items in the trunk were going to be used by Rodriguez for the purpose of cooking meth in the motel room.
Sheriff’s office officials said vice and narcotics detectives with meth lab training and experience were called to the scene. Officials said detectives found several items that are consistent with manufacturing methamphetamine including several packages of pseudoephedrine, lithium batteries, several bottles of fuel cleaner, cold compress packs (for ammonium nitrate), and camping fuel.
Given the contents that were in the vehicle, coupled with Beadling's statements about cooking meth in the motel room, deputies said they responded to the motel to notify management that dangerous chemicals were possibly located in the room, which had by rented by Beadling for only one night.
Deputies said when the manager opened the door, he noticed a bottle of fuel cleaner on a table, along with syringes and several pill bottles. Deputies said he told them he was removing Beadling and Rodriguez from the motel. Detectives responded to verify that there were no other dangerous chemicals present, sheriff’s office officials said.
Deputies said both individuals were arrested and face charges.
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