Pickup truck served as methamphetamine lab, Hernando deputies say

BROOKSVILLE — Two Brooksville residents have been arrested on charges that they operated a methamphetamine lab out of a 2002 Ford Ranger pickup truck.

Raymond Marise, 22, of 7131 High Corner Road, and Carolann Clear, 18, of 1305 Howell Ave., were stopped Sunday afternoon when a deputy saw the truck's windshield had been broken in two places.

The deputy noticed that Marise, the passenger, had two razor knives in his right side pocket, and kept his hands across his belly, according to a Hernando County Sheriff's Office report. Marise then showed the deputy an 8-inch knife he had hidden in the front of his pants under his shirt, the report states.

In his front pocket, Marise had a plastic holder containing fake prescription forms, and he told the deputy he had a drug problem and that he had a drug kit containing needles and a spoon above the visor on the driver's side.

The deputy reported finding other drug-related items, including needles and cotton tips cut from cigarette filters, and packets that tested positive for methamphetamine.

In the bed of the truck, the report states, the deputy found a black bag giving off a caustic substance that burned his eyes. Vice and narcotics investigators arrived and took apart the lab, netting 1.75 pounds of drugs.

Marise, the deputy learned, has had his driver's license suspended at least seven times and was wanted on a Pasco County warrant.

Clear and Marise were each arrested on various charges, including drug trafficking.

Pickup truck served as methamphetamine lab, Hernando deputies say 05/03/10 [Last modified: Monday, May 3, 2010 4:05pm]

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