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Two people were arrested and a meth lab inside a home on State Highway 40 West in Inglis was shut down on Wednesday, Nov. 7 by officers from the Inglis Police Department, the Levy County Drug Task Force and the Citrus County Tactical Impact Unit, according to an Inglis Police Department press release.
The discovery inside the home came after an investigation into suspected narcotics and dangerous drugs which involved undercover operations and surveillance of the home.
Officers seized a large amount of methamphetamine manufacturing equipment, paraphernalia, and methamphetamine.
Arrested were Bucky Allen Smith, and Melissa Marie Ford, both charged with trafficking in more than 14 grams and manufacturing meth, possession of listed chemicals, and possession of drug equipment. Smith also faces an additional charge of possession of ammunition by a felon. His bond is $240,000. Ford's bond is $215.000.
The lab was collected and disposed of by officers and deputies on scene who are certified to handle and process the toxic and highly volatile substances.
The Inglis Police Department, along with the Levy County Sheriff's Office and neighboring Citrus County Sheriff's Office are taking aggressive steps to combat the trending threat of methamphetamine in our communities.
Numerous clandestine meth labs have been busted this year in Levy and Citrus, including 10 in Inglis.
The message is simple from Inglis PD: If you're cooking we're coming.
Citizens are encouraged to report suspicious activity by calling CrimeStoppers at 1-877-349-8477 and can remain anonymous.