Streets Blocked As Palm Bay Police Secure Mobile Meth Lab
By Space Coast Daily // January 19, 2013
Sheriff's Disposal Team Responding
BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – Police officers blocked off a three-block area in the southwest portion of Palm Bay near Santo Domingo Avenue on Saturday morning because of a high hazard incident involving the discovery of a mobile meth lab in a vehicle.
Palm Bay Public Information Officer Yvonne Martinez said the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Meth Disposal Team removed the hazard as streets in the area are open once again and no nearby residents were evacuated.
Martinez said that at about 6:53 a.m. Saturday a citizen flagged down a patrol officer to report an erratic vehicle travelling south on Minton Road from Malabar Road.
She said officers stopped a 2004 Saturn, in the area of Santo Domingo Avenue off of Jupiter Boulevard.
As officers approached the vehicle, the driver appeared under the influence.
Martinez said further investigation resulted in the driver being arrested for DUI.
A subsequent inventory of the vehicle yielded a cooler in the back seat that contained evidence of paraphernalia used in a mobile meth lab.
Because of the high-hazard potential of the contents, officers immediately secured the vehicle and cordoned off a safe zone until the meth disposal team can remove the hazard.
Santo Domingo Avenue wass blocked between San Luis Street and Tucker Street, Martinez said.
The driver of the vehicle is not being identified as a result of the ongoing investigation, but Martinez said he is a 27-year-old man.
There were no injuries sustained as a result of this incident.