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Deputies: Brooksville couple ran meth lab while teen daughter at home

BROOKSVILLE — Hernando detectives have arrested a Brooksville man and woman for allegedly manufacturing methamphetamine in their home on Fruitville Street while their teenage daughter was at home.

Wayne Lee Snell, 40, and Charity Burr, 35, were both taken into custody Friday morning. They each remained behind bars at the Hernando County Jail in lieu of bail totaling $31,000.

According to arrest affidavits, detectives executed a search warrant about 8 a.m. Friday at the couple's home, which is only about a half-mile from Nature Coast Technical High School. Property records show that Gary and Patricia Burr own the three-bedroom, two-bathroom mobile house.

It wasn't immediately clear what, if any, relationship there was between Charity Burr and the owners of the home.

Once authorities got inside the house, they allegedly found Snell and Burr in possession of equipment and chemicals needed to make methamphetamine, including pseudoephedrine, lye, acetone and glassware.

Following a Miranda warning, Burr told detectives that her 15-year-old daughter had been at the house during the manufacturing of methamphetamine. Burr's daughter later confirmed that statement to authorities.

The girl was placed in the custody of the Department of Children and Families.

During a search of the home, authorities also found marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the master bedroom.

Detectives then arrested Snell and Burr and transported them to the county jail. They each face charges of manufacturing methamphetamine; being in possession of a place or structure for the sale, trafficking or manufacture of a controlled substance in the presence of a minor; and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Both Burr and Snell have had a number of run-ins with local authorities: Snell has faced previous charges including aggravated assault, domestic violence and more than a handful of traffic violations, while Burr has been charged previously with criminal mischief, disorderly conduct and marijuana possession.

Deputies: Brooksville couple ran meth lab while teen daughter at home 10/04/10 [Last modified: Monday, October 4, 2010 10:16pm]
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