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2 women accused of running meth lab

Sheriff's investigators arrested two women Thursday night and accused them of making methamphetamine in an Inverness apartment complex.

It was a familiar scene for one of the women, Julie Dawn Cline. It was her second arrest on meth charges in two months, according to arrest records.

Cline, 28, and Nancy Elizabeth Mellott, 25, were arrested after detectives say they found a meth lab in Cline's unit at the Candlewood Court Apartments, a subsidized housing complex just off State Road 44 E.

Investigators arrived at the apartment complex about 9 p.m. Thursday, and detectives found more than 14 grams of meth _ a combination of pseudoephedrine, iodine, red phosphorus and water _ inside Cline's apartment at 307 Washington Ave.

Detectives also found a container of camping fuel near the back of the apartment, according to an arrest report.

Cline told detectives she and Mellott, of Beverly Hills, had cooked meth for their own use, according to the report.

Detectives said they found two tin foil "boats," used for inhaling meth, in Cline's right front jacket pocket, as well as several boats throughout the apartment. Mellott told detectives several of the boats were hers, according to the report.

Detectives also searched Mellott's purse, where they found two small plastic containers that contained a residue of meth, as well as a straw used to smoke meth, according to the report.

Cline and Mellott both were held on charges of manufacturing drugs, unlawful possession of a listed chemical and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, according to their arrest reports.

They were taken to the county jail and bail was set at $40,500 apiece.

The apartment complex office was closed Friday afternoon, and two people standing near the door of Apartment 11, where Cline lived, said they did not know the apartment's resident or have any information about Cline's arrest.

Court records show Cline was arrested Nov. 23 on charges of possession of a controlled substance, felony child neglect and possession of drug paraphernalia after authorities accused her of using meth at her apartment in front of her 5-year-old.

Investigators said they found a gallon container that tested positive for meth inside the apartment and a small tin foil boat, according to an arrest report.

The Department of Children and Families removed the child from Cline's care and gave temporary custody to a family friend, according to the arrest report.

Cline posted bail for the first arrest. Her next court appearance was scheduled for Jan. 20 before Circuit Judge Ric Howard, according to court records.

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