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Posted: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 1:24 pm

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.

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1 comment:

  • watchdog posted at 4:01 pm on Wed, Jun 11, 2014.

    watchdog Posts: 4

    Good job detective. Should have arrested them earlier for trespassing. No one saw a mattress on public property and the illegal campsite? What I don't understand is the need to justify the arrest in this article when an obvious infraction was taking place. "Due to the inherent hazard of manufacturing meth and the risk to citizens at this location, deputies took the suspects into custody." Hazard? The implication is that without the hazard, no arrest would have been necessary. Sounds like an apology. What is going on here? The public understands that addicts are probably commiting other crimes against property or persons to support their habits. We DEMAND enforcement of law without excuses or apologies. Get criminals, drug addicts, and homeless into treatment or incarceration, but off the streets. They don't need coddling and warm showers!