VENICE, Fla. -- A homeless couple has been arrested after an undercover detective found them making meth at their campsite on public library grounds.
According to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office, narcotics detectives received information that a man was manufacturing methamphetamine near the Jacaranda Library in Venice. An undercover detective walked the property Monday and saw a woman sitting on a mattress. As he continued surveillance a man rode up on his bicycle, removed several items from his backpack, and began mixing liquids. Due to the inherent hazard of manufacturing meth and the risk to citizens at this location, deputies took the suspects into custody.
Detectives arrested 28-year-old Raymond King and 22-year-old Tiffany Stoltz, both of whom have prior drug arrests.
Detectives learned King sent associates to buy pseudoephedrine at local pharmacies and provided them with meth in exchange for their services.
Both suspects are charged with felony counts of Possession of Listed Chemicals with Intent to Manufacture and Attempt to Manufacture Methamphetamine.