On Tuesday April 19th at approximately 10:20 pm, the Stuart Police Department responded to the Quality Inn, at 950 South Federal Highway with regard to a disturbance.
The complainant reported that individuals were arguing next to Chrysler PT Cruiser in the parking lot.
The first officer on scene, K9 Officer Dan Kelsay approached a PT Cruiser and immediately noticed that this was not only the vehicle in question but it was a “Mobile Meth Lab”.
Officers arrived on scene and made contact with occupants of the vehicle.
While the officers were speaking to the individuals, a passenger in the rear seat of the vehicle attempted to hide something from view.
Police ordered all of the occupants out of the vehicle. While exiting the vehicle, another suspect had a syringe in is hand and attempted to conceal it.
During a search of the vehicle, several clear rock-like substances believed to be methamphetamine were found along with several used syringes.
The substances field tested positive for methamphetamine.
In the rear compartment of the PT Cruiser, items consistent with a methamphetamine production were discovered.
Some of these items include: plastic bottles, a bottle containing tubing attached to the cap, a coffee grinder with suspected pseudoephedrine residue, camping fuel, coffee filters, and lithium batteries, to name a few.
All of the items are consistent with the production of meth.
Four suspects were taken into custody and are currently being treated for drug overdose related symptoms.
The Stuart Police Department Narcotics Unit, along with DEA and DEA Haz/Mat Unit are assisting with this investigation.
All four suspects were placed under arrest and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and trafficking methamphetamine.
They are being held at the Martin County Jail with a $400,000 bond.