Sunday, May 20, 2018
Public safety

Deputies arrest four people in mobile home meth lab bust

SEMINOLE — Deputies arrested four people Thursday who they said were involved in running a methamphetamine lab at La Tropical Oaks Mobile Home Park.

George McClelland, 44, was arrested on charges of trafficking and possession of methamphetamine. Michael Bice, 50, was arrested on a charge of trafficking in methamphetamine and unlawful possession of listed chemicals. Sheila Stout, 47, was arrested on a charge of unlawful possession of listed chemicals.

All three lived in the mobile home park at 5101 Seminole Blvd.

William Sansoucie, 59, who lived in another mobile home, was arrested on a charge of unlawful possession of listed chemicals.

Outside the mobile home Thursday, there was a spread of leftover evidence: liquid detergent and Gatorade bottles, a brown hydrogen peroxide container, a mason jar and a blue tool box.

A man in a hazardous material suit crouched over the spread. The "cookers" had already been taken away, Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Cristen Rensel said, and the rest of the evidence was left outside for testing and disposal by a cleanup crew.

A yellow toy dump truck lay a few feet away in the yard. A dog, called Misty, was tied to a post nearby.

DeeDee Brazeau owns the Groomer'z, a shop next to the park. About 10 a.m. Thursday, her phone rang. A caller told her to "lock your door right now," she said.

She turned around, looked out the window and saw an officer with a mask and gun heading in her direction. She grabbed the schnauzer she had been grooming and locked herself in the shop's bathroom.

"I never smelled anything, never heard anything, never knew it was going on," Brazeau said.

An October 2012 raid in Largo led detectives to watch La Tropical Oaks, Rensel said, which in turn provided cause for a warrant and Thursday's bust.

"What if it exploded?" Lauri Curran, a stylist at the Mirage Hair Salon nearby, asked. "The whole neighborhood would have shut down."

Riley Wallace, the salon's owner, saw Drug Enforcement Administration vehicles and men in masks heading into the trailer. She put it together quickly.

"It's like Breaking Bad," Wallace said.

Claire Wiseman can be reached at (727)-893-8804 or [email protected] On Twitter: @clairelwiseman

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