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Four jailed after meth lab shut-down
SANTA ROSA COUNTY -- Four people are in jail tonight after deputies shut down a meth lab in Santa Rosa County. It happened at the 9000 block of Alton court in Milton. Inside deputies found ingredients to make meth. They arrested two sisters-- Brianna and Chrisha Knight, along with two men who were also inside the home, Michael Bishop and Daniel Perkins. The two sisters walked into a Walgreens just like this one, purchasing pseudoephedrine within minutes of each other.
Not only are deputies cracking down on these drug manufacturers, but pharmacists also have to keep close tabs on what drugs their customers purchase. Deputies call meth the drug of opportunity... It's easy to make and not expensive. Pseudoephedrine is one of the ingredients drug manufacturers use. It's found at any drug store. It is why stores like winkles pharmacy follow strict guidelines when selling it.
"You have a training program... Possible abusers."
Whenever you purchase pseudoephedrine, you're asked to show ID. Under existing law-- you're limited to 3.6 grams a day. But that doesn't stop people from buying it. Workers here keep an eye out for possible abusers.
One of my employees followed a guy in a red truck that came in... This guy was shopping around for pseudoephedrine."
This is the home deputies arrested four people they say were cooking meth. Mary Nelson lives across the street and was suspicious of the people constantly coming in and out of the house. She sometimes even smelled a strange odor.
"I was next to the property... We stay away from it as much as we can," Nelson said.
Nelson said this neighborhood is mostly made up of families, many who keep to themselves. With the meth lab being so close to home, she's worried for her own children's safety.
"It makes you feel uneasy... In your neighborhood," said Nelson.
This year-- deputies have shut down 35 individual meth labs in Santa Rosa County and have made dozens of arrests.