CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. -- Deputies called to investigate people trespassing on private property wound up arresting two people on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine on Tuesday.
Deputies were called to an area off Burnt Store Road in Punta Gorda because a property owner learned that people were living on private property owned by the caller’s parents. When they checked the area, deputies found 39-year-old Richard Thomas Parsons and 32-year-old Jennifer Motta-Guedes, both of whom listed no home address, in a tent on the property.
When the deputies announced themselves to the pair, Motta-Guedes knocked over a bowl and a paper towel containing numerous yellow pills. Deputies saw a can of acetone in the same area where both Motta-Guedes and Parsons were located. Recognizing these as items that could be used to produce methamphetamine, the deputies asked the couple to exit the tent.
When the deputies checked inside the tent, they located several items with residue and ashes that tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine. Among the items were several used syringes. They also located a bucket outside the tent that contained camping fuel, crystal drain opener, lighter fluid, tubes and other apparatus. Beside the bucket was a bottle of muriatic acid.
As a result, deputies arrested both Motta-Guedes and Parsons for Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Motta-Guedes was being held on a $62,500 bond and Parsons was being held on a $60,000.