EDGEWATER METH HOUSE BUSTED
An Edgewater man was stopped
Tuesday night for having a revoked license during what
started as a routine traffic stop. However, drug
paraphernalia was discovered in plain view in his car, which
led to further investigation revealing materials commonly
associated with a meth lab in his home. Randy Freeman, 29,
was arrested and taken to the Volusia County Branch Jail in
Deputies witnessed Freeman get
into his car at about 3:15 p.m., but a check of his tag
number revealed that it was expired and that his driver’s
license had been revoked. But before deputies could conduct
a traffic stop, Freeman had driven away. However, he
returned to his home at 129 Wildwood Ave. at about 6:35 p.m.
at which time deputies stopped him. When they approached the
driver they saw him trying to hide something. He was ordered
out of the car.
As Freeman was coming out of the
car, investigators saw a purple Crown Royal bag sitting on
the driver’s seat with a glass smoking pipe with whitish
residue sticking out of the bag. There was also a small blue
bag containing powder which tests showed to be
methamphetamine. Around his neck was a pill container which
had two pills identified as Roxycodone, a generic form of
oxycodone, which is sometimes taken in conjunction with meth.
More drug paraphernalia was found inside the car.
Investigators say Freeman admitted they were his and he had
been smoking meth earlier in the day.
After getting consent,
investigators entered Freeman’s house where they found a can
of Coleman fuel, a bottle of unknown liquid, a gas can with
a tube sticking out of it and a coffee filter containing red
powder. All of these items are familiar to investigators as
items used to produce methamphetamines. The Volusia Bureau
of Investigation (VBI) was immediately notified and assumed
the case. Freeman confessed to the possession of
Methamphetamine manufacturing equipment and possession of
the items in the vehicle.
Freeman was taken to the Volusia
County Branch Jail where he is charged with possession of
Methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and
driving on a revoked license. He is being held on a $1,700
bond. More charges are pending in relation to the meth lab
chemicals found at the home.
VBI is a multi-agency task force
that pools resources from nine local, state and federal law
enforcement agencies in order to target mid- and upper-level
narcotics traffickers as well as racketeering and organized
crime. Participating agencies include the Volusia County
Sheriff’s Office, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the
Attorney General’s Office of Statewide Prosecution, Daytona
Beach Police Department, Daytona Beach Shores Department of
Public Safety, DeLand Police Department, Port Orange Police
Department, New Smyrna Beach Police Department and the U.S.
Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. VBI also
is part of the Central Florida High Intensity Drug
Trafficking Area, or HIDTA, which is a multi-agency task
force established by the U.S. Office of National Drug
Control Policy to combat drug trafficking along the
seven-county area hugging Central Florida’s I-4 corridor.