SPRING HILL — A Spring Hill man was arrested Thursday after deputies discovered a methamphetamine lab inside his house.
James Francis Heck of 11349 Elgin Blvd. was charged with trafficking in and manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of a structure for the purpose of manufacturing a controlled substance, possession of a listed chemical for manufacturing a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to a Hernando County Sheriff's Office report, detectives with the narcotics unit and federal Drug Enforcement Administration officers executed a search warrant and found equipment and supplies commonly used to make the drug. Upon questioning, Heck admitted to previously manufacturing methamphetamine, using the "shake and bake" method, street slang for a one-pot methamphetamine lab.
The defendant also told detectives that essential chemicals and equipment were inside the house. Hazardous materials specialists removed and disposed of the chemicals.
Heck remained in custody Friday at the Hernando County Detention Center in lieu of $130,500 bail.
The Sheriff's Office said the investigation is continuing.
Records show Heck has served prison time in Florida for multiple theft convictions. He also has convictions for grand theft, burglary, forgery, battery, resisting a law enforcement officer, trespassing and driving under the influence.