Recent Prison Releasee Facing Methamphetamine Charges

 

The
Levy County Drug Task Force arrested a local repeat offender for methamphetamine
related charges on Monday, August 10, 2015. 
Drug Task Force investigators went to 8751 NW 125th Street in
Chiefland in order to execute an arrest warrant.  The investigators located and arrested Nevina
Tease (1-3-80) on an outstanding Violation of Probation warrant. 

While
on the premises, the investigators developed information that Tracy James Smith
(8-17-73) was preparing to manufacture methamphetamine.  The homeowner gave consent for the deputies
to search the home, and they located a small amount of marijuana and
methamphetamine along with Smith’s belongings. 
Investigators also found Smith’s backpack which he was apparently using
as a Clandestine Lab Kit.  The backpack
contained the following items: 

          1. Plastic tubing;

          2. 
Red Devil Lye;

          3. 
Coffee filters;

          4. 
Drano;

          5. 
One mesh strainer;

          6. 
One glass Pyrex dish;

          7. 
One Charcoal Lighter;

          8. 
Coleman fuel;

          9. 
Several lithium batteries;

          10. 
Several razor blades;

          11. 
Several PH testers;

          12. 
Solder iron;

          13. 
Aluminum foil; and

          14. 
Plastic baggies.    

 

The
Certified Clandestine Laboratory Investigators on scene recognized that all of
these items are regularly used in the manufacture and distribution of
Methamphetamine.  Smith was arrested for
Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute; Possession of
Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. 
Smith was transported to the Levy
County Detention
Center where his total
bond was set at $141,000.00. 

Smith
is no stranger to law enforcement in the Tri-County area.  He has been arrested numerous times in Levy,
Dixie and Gilchrist
Counties.  Smith was most recently released from incarceration
by the Florida Department of Corrections on June 16, 2015. 

According
to Sheriff Bobby McCallum, “this case shows the need for long prison sentences
for repeat offenders like many of those arrested during Operation Melting
Pot.  It is one of the most effective
forms of crime prevention.”

The
LCSO wants to again warn the public of the dangerous and volatile chemical
components used to manufacture methamphetamine. 
These substances create some of the most hazardous conditions in which deputies
work. The LCSO is dedicated to locating and arresting all individuals who are
making this deadly drug and ask our citizens to report any suspicious activity
to Crime Stoppers at 1-877-349-8477.

 
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