Four arrested in North Port meth lab bust

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SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. -A joint investigation between the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office and North Port Police has led to the arrest of four people for trafficking and manufacturing methamphetamine.

Detectives executed a search warrant at a home in the 4500 block of Los Rios Street in North Port just before 9pm Monday night.

The Sarasota County Fire Department Hazardous Materials Team ensured the residence was safe, and once inside detectives found a large container with chemicals, items used to manufacture meth and other paraphernalia. Detectives seized a total of 228 grams of methamphetamine and arrested the four residents of the home.

31-year-old Jason Ward has been charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Listed Chemicals.

25-year-old Eric Boucher has been charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of Listed Chemicals, Manufacturing Methamphetamine and Resisting Arrest without Violence.

27-year-old Jessica Grote and 23-year-old Alycia Hatfield are both charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamine and Possession of Listed Chemicals.